from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in some parts of the western United States for a drove of horses or mules. Also cavayard.


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  • Thus began my service for the firm of Russell & Majors, afterwards Russell, Majors & Waddell, with whom I spent seven years of my life in different capacities ” such as cavallard-driver, wagon-master, pony express rider and driver.

    The Life of Hon William F Cody

  • The train consisted of twenty-five wagons, under Lew Simpson, then an assistant wagon-master, next Billy, the "extra," a night herder, a cavallard driver, whose duty was driving the loose and lame cattle, and the bullwhacker for each team.

    Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure, Vol. I, No. 1. Adventures of Buffalo Bill from Boyhood to Manhood

  • Besides the bullwhackers there were cavallard drivers (who cared for the loose cattle), night herders, and sundry extra hands, all under the charge of a chief wagon-master, termed the wagon-boss, his lieutenants being the boss of the cattle train and the assistant wagon-master.

    Last of the great scouts; the life story of Col. William F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill") as told by his sister, Helen Cody Wetmore

  • The second man in command was the assistant wagon-master; then came the “extra hand,” next the night herder; and lastly, the cavallard driver, whose duty it was to drive the lame and loose cattle.

    The Life of Hon William F Cody

  • However, the chef d'ouvre of his rascality was exhibited in stealing our whole cavallard, [15] consisting of ten head of horses and mules, which he drove into the mountains.


  • The Mexicans retired a short distance and 'camped, — soon after the Americans, four in number, rushed among them and drove off their entire cavallard, containing twenty head of horses and mules.


  • On examining the premises, we found fifteen or twenty saddles, with a mule, which they had likewise abandoned, — but only two half-jaded animals told the remnants of the noble cavallard of more than eighty head that had grazed around us scarcely thirty minutes before; a thing of itself equivalent of a defeat.


  • The latter announcement aroused all hands — but only in time to witness our whole cavallard under full headway before a small party of Mexican cavalry, while at the same instant a brisk fire was opened upon us from the rear, and the dusky forms of the enemy appeared both right and left; thus we had the mortification to find our little band surrounded by a superior force.



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