84 [Punishment] Carter, C.W., photographer.
Albumen Photograph from Fort Bridger, Utah
Territory, with Soldier Mounted on Wooden Horse with Oversize Punishment Sword.
Photograph measures approximately 3 x 4
inches, mounted on gilt edged card with stamp
of “C.W. Carter, S.L. City” on verso, front has
pencil title and date, 1866, and “325” in negative. Photograph has light sunning but still very visible.
The “punishment horse” was a British military tradition that was used during the Colonial
Wars; this punishment was sometimes used for cowardice; see John Knox, Historical Journals of the Campaigns in North America, 1757-1760, I:96: “It is the opinion of this court that the prisoner is a notorious coward, and they sentence him to ride the wooden horse half an hour each day for six days, with a petticoat on him, and a broom in his hand. Rare documentary evidence of this punishment from a Western military fort.