|Below is an essay from Allen Nessa, Editor-in-Chief of Veterans’ Tales. I have been following Allen for years now at Unified Patriots. Allen’s re-count of the world and journeys through his lens takes this reader away from sanctuary New York City. What a treat and whether it is morning, noon or night, with a mug of coffee, tea, glass of lemonade, wine, shot of bourbon (your choice), Allen’s essays are a great read. Enjoy.|
Veterans’ Tales by Allen Nessa
I grew up on the prairie of south-west Minnesota and returned home after my military career and the learning of another. It’s different livin’ up here, we just got 20 inches of snow pushed into chest deep drifts by 60-80 mph winds. It’s a brutal, life or death kind of place in the winter time, it seems even more brutal when winter lingers. My ancestors came to this windswept prairie in 1869. Next year the land will have been in the family 150 years and its still windswept and brutal. The Jumpmaster School (Advanced Airborne School for the cheesy) has a quote they use continually, “The sky, even more than the sea, is terribly unforgiving of even the slightest mistake.” There’s lots of ways to meet terrible unforgiving conditions, 1869 Minnesota was in the top ten.
My Dad has an 1860 Spencer Rifle that has been passed down the generations like our land. One of my ancestors served with a Minnesota Cavalry Regiment in the Dakota Territory during the campaigns against the Sioux. The 1860 Spencer is what Custer’s 7th Cavalry was issued as were most cavalry and a good many infantry units by the 1870s[…]