Frances M.A. Roe

“…..Her experience of military life on the frontier has been full of exciting incidents. Twice she was under fire at Fort Sully, Indian Territory, when the fort was attacked by Indians. She was the only woman on a big buffalo hunt in Colorado, when four buffaloes were killed, fall of 1871. Riding after English grey hounds for antelope was an everyday occurrence, but always with a pistol in her saddle pocket with which to kill herself, if overtaken by Indians. She was an expert rider, and a fine shot.”



Frances M.A. Roe with Hal

Portrait of Frances M. A. Roe and Hal, her faithful greyhound companion. What is remarkable about the portrait is the altered dress made from Fayette Roe’s West Cadet coatee with decorative braid and brass buttons. The forage cap –a small brimmed cap with a squashed crown, is adorned with the United States Military Academy insignia. A riding crop in her left hand details her expert equestrianship.

Comrades for life, Frances Roe’s dedication to what she called “Americanism” and patriotic duty to Army life is fully matched by Lieutenant Fayette Washington Roe and his commissioned military service on the frontier in the ‘far West.’

**Frontispiece from the original book, “Army Letters from an Officer’s Wife 1871-1888”; published in October 1909.