On a second hunt, held a week later in Colorado, Custer wowed Alexis with his horsemanship, using only his knees to turn his mount at full gallop while firing his pistol both right- and left-handed. The admiring duke exclaimed that his friend rode like a Cossack. Approaching a herd of buffalo, Custer and Alexis were leading a large party that included soldiers, civilians, and Custer's boss, the volatile General Phil Sheridan. When Custer got it in his head to show Alexis how the Army fought Indians, he yelled out orders to attack the herd as if it were a band of redskins. Alexis and Custer led the charge, blasting with their six-shooters and dropping one buffalo after another. Everyone fired with abandon as the herd panicked. With bullets zinging around him, Sheridan threw himself to the ground while cursing these two boy-men in invective recalled by one eyewitness as "a liberal education in profanity." When at last the shooting ended, Alexis had downed a dozen buffalo, which were promptly butchered and placed on ice for shipment back to St. Petersburg. Bursting with joy, the young royal grabbed Custer in a bear hug and planted a kiss on the cheek of his comrade in arms.