In the history of warfare, armed men on horseback were at a devastating advantage in the art of killing and fear was their primary weapon. Hordes of warriors could strike around, within, and behind the infantry with lightning speed. It was the cavalry charge that struck fear in the enemy when riders sat stirrup to stirrup, facing cannon fire, the sound of thunder building on the earth. History remembers the charge of the Light Brigade and Custer's 7th Cavalry, but one of the greatest cavalry charges is hardly known at all. It happened during the fading days of the Civil War in Kansas at a place called Mine Creek. This is the story of the charge that ended the war in the West.