Did You Know?
Colonel Crook in this series was obviously based on General George Crook (1828-1890), the most famous general in the Indian wars. In the first episode he even mentions taking only his toothbrush when going after the Piutes, which is straight from Crook's autobiography.
But at least once Colonel Crook wears an eagle on a yellow background on his shoulder straps, the sign of a cavalry Colonel.
General Crook was never a member of the cavalry branch, though he did command brigades and divisions of cavalry as a general in the Civil War. When he came to command in Arizona in 1871 he was the lieutenant colonel of the 23rd US Infantry. See more
Edited into Hondo and the Apaches