In Fort Apache, Col. Thursday is about to move the troops out when he warns Capt. York that he doesn?t want to see any “outside galloping.” What was he referring to?

In Fort Apache, Col. Thursday is about to move the troops out when he warns Capt. York that he doesn’t want to see any “outside galloping.” What was he referring to?

Frank Casale

Flushing, New York

I contacted Western movie authority James Denniston in Jackson, Wyoming. He explains, “Outside galloping” is riding out of formation, with or without orders. Henry Fonda [who plays the colonel] wanted to avoid attracting any attention or being seen by any hidden band of Indians. Fonda meant “don’t send anyone out on their own to reconnoiter.”

Related Posts

  • Fort Stanton, was named for a captain of dragoons named Henry W. Stanton, who, in…

  • ask the marshall true west

    Where was the fort located at Fort Collins, Colorado? Ann Smith — Nashville, Tennessee. Camp Collins was…

  • Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

    In 1874, newlywed Martha Summerhayes accompanied her soldier husband on a grueling three-month journey from…