Steel Horse Saviors is about three Civil War veterans, two Yankees and one Rebel, who take their steam locomotive west to seek their post-war fortune. In the process they encounter Clementine O’Grady an auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business who causes the three to question their grand scheme to escape their collective pasts.
Colonel Thomas Trumble was just a Captain in the Fall of 1859 when all the sings of a coming military conflict began to consume the minds of everyone around him in the United States Army. Mr. Lincoln’s War as he came to call it, was something unnecessary in his mind, just a waste of money, men and opportunity.
Through his time in the inspector general’s department he was a vocal critic of all things related to the war. He wasn’t a Southern sympathizer by any means, he just hated the whole process. Two trips to view the carnage of a battlefield was enough to convince him that the war had to stop by any means. But that did not mean he was willing to condone any practice by the men in blue, such as Finn, Brou and Nolan.
By Mid-1864 the now Colonel had earned his nickname “Trouble” meaning if he was on your trail there was nothing good to come.
Here is an excerpt:
A low rumble went through the crowd when the trio of deep blue uniformed riders approached. The taller rider bore the hardware of a senior officer, something rarely seem in this far west. He searched the crowd like he knew his quarry would be here. Minutes later he beckoned to one of the men waiting for his next mining shift to begin.
“You there. I’m looking for three men.”
“If you have work there is more than three looking,” the tired voice replied.
“No work. I am seeking old soldiers. I need them for another task.”
“What are the names?”
“Russell, Broussard and Honeycut,” Trumble said.
“Sir you are several hundred miles south for those three. They headed up to Ohio through Kentucky.”
“Kentucky!” one of Trumble’s men exclaimed.
“Then Kentucky is where we will go next,” Trumble said.
As they watched the riders depart the man who gave the answer leaned near to his friend. “I hope Finn kept the trail hot to California like he planned. Trumble won’t stop until he finds them!”
Tomorrow you can check back at The Fiction Playground for the for the next post about Ueley Carlisle, the developer in Harrington that is ready to demand more timber and lumber than either O’Grady or Rollins can fathom.