Tenth Cavalry Trumpeters

Fort Huachuca, Arizona

From “Rules and Regulations for the Cavalry”:

The trumpeters must be exact in their soundings, they must never vary a note on any account, nor ever be a minute too soon or too late. 

It is absolutely necessary that they should be very sober people; for if they are the least in liquor, it is discovered in a moment by their sounding, and they never know when they may be called upon to sound the alarm.

They must be very clever horsemen, and ride active light horses; for in the field it is a matter of indispensable necessity that they should sound the signals quite clearly at any pace.

This photograph shows trumpeters of the 5th and 10th Cavalry at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  Not only did the trumpeters provide an enemy alert system, but they also informed the troops of their service calls and daily schedule.  Photograph circa 1913.

2013.33.7, Courtesy of Fort Huachuca Museum