April 8, 2009

Outing magazine, November 1896


To the bicycle corps of the Twenty-fifth Infantry, U.S.A., stationed at Fort Missoula, Mont., belongs the unique distinction of being the first armed body to cross the Rocky Mountains awheel. Under the command of Lieutenant J.A. Moss, whose enthusiasm in the cause of military cycling Major-General Miles commends, the company made the trip from Fort Missoula to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, a distance of 323 miles, over the poor roads of almost virgin territory, in fifty-three hours of actual wheeling. They toiled up hills, walked over sandy trails, and forded rivers, while carrying an equipment weighing (with the machine itself) from sixty-four to eighty-seven pounds, the average being seventy-seven and a half. Under these circumstances, the pace was over six miles per hour, equivalent to a day's march of some sixty miles over bad roads. Stonewall Jackson's famous marches, which earned for his troops the name of "The Foot Cavalry," seldom exceeded thirty miles per day with good weather and over fairly good roads. Cycling troops that can move across country at the rate of sixty miles a day would be a new and interesting feature of modern warfare.

- Outing for November, November 1896 pg. 197

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