A Horse's Tale is a novel by Mark Twain, written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry.
Harper's Magazine originally published the story in two installments in August and September 1906. Clemens wrote the story after receiving a request from actress Minnie Maddern Fiske to assist in her drive against bullfighting. Harper's published the story as a 153-page book in October 1907.
Clemen's daughter Susy Clemens, who died in 1896 at age 24 of spinal meningitis, is understood to be inspiration for lead character Cathy Alison. When Clemens provided the story to Harper's, he included a photograph of Susy for the illustrator to use for Cathy.
I. Soldier Boy — Privately to Himself
II. Letter from Rouen — To General Alison
III. General Alison to his Mother
IV. Cathy to her Aunt Mercedes
V. General Alison to Mercedes
VI. Soldier Boy and the Mexican Plug
VII. Soldier Boy and Shekels
VIII. The Scout-start. BB and Lieutenant-General Alison
IX. Soldier Boy and Shekels Again
X. General Alison and Dorcas
XI. Several Months Later. Antonio and Thorndike
XII. Mongrel and the Other Horse
Part II. In Spain
XIII. General Alison to his Mother
XIV. Soldier Boy — To Himself
XV. General Alison to Mrs. Drake, the Colonel’s Wife