Established in 1992, the Commanding
General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past.
Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uniforms, accoutrements
and equipment of the Civil War period. Soldiers are detailed from the ranks of
units assigned to Fort Riley and receive instruction from manuals used by Civil
From privates to officers, these men
and women recreate the colorful spectacle of the American Horse Soldier. The
Minnesota Horse Expo is proud to have the CGMCG demonstrate their horsemanship
in a daily Coliseum presentation, provide the Color Guard at the rodeos, set up
a replica encampment and present Cavalry History at our three-day event.
The mounted demonstration is an
exhibition of skill and precision required of a cavalry horse soldier. It
includes various drills using the 1861 Cavalry Light Saber, .45-caliber
revolver and the 1873 Remington .45-caliber lever action repeater rifle. The
demonstrations require an area 150 feet by 200 feet.
The Commanding General's Mounted
Color Guard represents Fort Riley and the U.S. Army in a highly professional
and polished display of cavalry horsemanship and military tradition. They
portray the U.S. Cavalry as they appeared in mid to late 19th century.
Soldiers in the CGMCG are assigned
to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.
Army Escort Wagon
The U.S. Cavalry Museum donated an 1871 Army
Escort Wagon to the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard in 2001.
According to our records, this
wagon came to Fort Riley from Fort Knox. The hardware of the wagon is 98
percent original. However, when the unit received the wagon, much of the wood
was rotten and decayed.
Commanding General's Mounted
Color Guard Soldiers, along with a wagon company, restored the wagon to its
The box is constructed of red
oak while the undercarriage and wheels are constructed of white oak.
While the escort wagons were
not equipment common to a cavalry unit, they were highly sought after to
transport the cavalry's beans and bullets.
The wagon serves as a reminder
of the contributions of the combat service support roles played by the
quartermaster corps and other logistical units whose contributions are
recognized as an essential element and combat multiplier on the battle fields
The mule team and wagon will also be a part of
the presentations at the Minnesota Horse Expo.
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