Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A train, service, or collection of wagons, draft-animals, etc., organized for a special purpose; especially, the collection of wagons, etc., accompanying an army, to convey provisions, ammunition, the sick and wounded, etc.
“Clearly she saw the long wagon-train, the lean, gaunt men who walked before, the youths goading the lowing oxen that fell and were goaded to their feet to fall again.”
“He was a boy in the same wagon-train coming across the plains.”
“The old Indian trick, and the classic wagon-train tactic, was to wait until the whites emptied their weapons, then charge before they could reload.”
“But a wagon-train ain't easy; however, when you've committed the capital act, as I have, in the middle of a battle with Borneo head-hunters, you learn to have faith in your star, and persevere until you win through.”
“The brave shouted something back, in apparent disappointment, turned his pony slightly aside-and then without warning wheeled sharply and, with his mates following suit as smart as guardsmen, made a dart across our rear towards the wagon-train.”
“You've learned enough of our travel arrangements to see how difficult it was; indeed, if I had to choose the most inconvenient place I've ever struck for conducting an illicit amour in privacy and comfort, a prairie wagon-train would come second on my list, no question.”
“They were all attention-you don't meet many dinner guests, I suppose, who've commanded a wagon-train and learned the lingo from Wootton and Carson, and they probably didn't believe half of it.”
“The second day, after marching for hours through vast herds of buffalo, we made Hackberry Creek; but not, however, without several stampedes in the wagon-train, the buffalo frightening the mules so that it became necessary to throw out flankers to shoot the leading bulls and thus turn off the herds.”
“In marching the column I placed a regiment of infantry at its head, then the wagon-train, then a brigade of infantry -- masking the cavalry behind this brigade.”
“Inquiring who they were and for further details, I was informed that there certainly were in the command two females, that in some mysterious manner had attached themselves to the service as soldiers; that one, an East Tennessee woman, was a teamster in the division wagon-train and the other a private soldier in a cavalry company temporarily attached to my headquarters for escort duty.”
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