A Soldier – Doctor of Our Army: James P. Kimball, Late Colonel and Assistant Surgeon-General, U. S. Army

Kimball, Maria Brace 1917

Much of the Dakota Territory was grassland. Indigenous animals in the area included deer, bison, pronghorn, coyotes, and prairie dogs. Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath wrote of the hunt:

“The winter of ’77 and ’78 at Fort Custer was a severe one, and snow was deep. Game was plentiful, and wagonloads of frozen trout, freshly caught, men brought to the Post. Of all the game I liked black tail deer the best with the back strop of the buffalo a close second. The “back strop” consisted of a long piece of flesh running above the backbone and along the spine. It was sometimes 3 feet long and of a diameter of 6 or 8 inches, and when cut across, furnished fine good sized steaks.”


Photograph of hunting leave