Empty Saddles, published in 1938 in Adventure Yarns

“Empty Saddles”
by L. Ron Hubbard

Publication date: December 1938

Original publication: Adventure Yarns

Genre: Western

Story description: Having failed his command, and while awaiting court martial, U.S. cavalry major Lee Stuart deserts, pretends to join the band of outlaws who ambushed his men, helps to foil their attack on the fort, vanquishes their renegade leader and reclaims his reputation.