Cheyenne arrives at the Fort Wilderness Army post at a gallop to out race the Arapaho who are on the warpath. He is a temporary Army Scout arriving from Seventeen Mile Station with a message for Maj. Heffler. He is directed to Capt. Quinlan who is a stickler for Army protocol. A 100 man outfit has been wiped out so Maj. Heffler decides to abandon the fort and leave for Fort McKay. The men and Cheyenne are not enthusiastic about the idea but follow orders. The post has several civilian members of a wagon train as well. Maj. Heffler is adamant about taking a route that avoids Black Hawk and the Arapaho. When they encounter a small hunting party, he decides to change the route to go to the Big Sandy River. Cheyenne objects saying it will be dry but Heffler won't listen. Capt. Quinlan tries to change Heffler's mind but ends up under arrest. When they reach the river, it is bone dry. Heffler decides to continue on the dry route with half a canteen per man for six days. Cheyenne, Lt. Rogers, and the Sgts. decide to overrule Heffler putting their futures in jeopardy.- Written by Anonymous
Scouting for the army, Cheyenne reports of an impending attack. Fleeing to another fort, the commanding officer's route to that fort seems more dangerous than the alternate and Cheyenne isn't the only one who disagrees.- Written by DrDOS
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