May 9, 2011
The Northwest Rebellion of 1885 was a turning point in relations between Canada’s First Nations and white settlers, particularly in the cattle country of southern Alberta.
In anticipation, the Rocky Mountain Rangers were formed: a volunteer militia composed of 114 ex-Mounties, ex-cons, retired military officials and working, militarily inexperienced ranch-hands.
Gordon Tolton’s book tells the story of a motley group of displaced soldiers and misfit cowboys who would become cavalrymen, intent on preserving their place in the Canadian West. The Cowboy Cavalry tells a gritty tale, where frontier mentality mixes with gunpowder, fear, corruption and gross media sensationalizing and brings to life an often overlooked part of Canadian history.