A "Crack Team" of Mules.

Robert Gray

First Sergeant
Joined
Jul 24, 2012
Suppose I have two large photos, and show them to you one at a time. The first is the Budweiser beer wagon, bright paint, brass trim, Percheron draft horses all brushed out and showy, and then I show your the second photo, this photo of six mules hitched to a commonplace Army supply wagon, and I comment that this mule hitch is the "crack team" of this unit.

I also suggest that perhaps the "X" is not actually the wagon, but a mark placed on the photo to mark the spot where that named person is - note the pencil on the back of the photo shows an "X Capt. S H Manning"

Maybe not.

but I do think the "crack team" remark is meant to poke fun at these commonplace mules; mules don't get credit for their many good qualities.
A close examination of the photograph shows that the 6th Corps badge is part of the wagon cover and was not added to the image.
 

Robert Gray

First Sergeant
Joined
Jul 24, 2012
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