The Indians call them Buffalo Soldiers

  Camp Supply, Indian Territory, May 1872: There are more troops here than at Fort Lyon, and of course the post is very much larger. There are two troops of colored cavalry, one of white cavalry, and three companies of infantry. […] The officers say that the negroes make good soldiers and fight like fiends[…]…

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Sandbag Castle on the Plains

Cimarron Redoubt, Kansas, January 1873. As soon as I heard of the order I announced that I was coming, but it was necessary to obtain the commanding officer’s permission first. This seemed rather hopeless for a time, the general declaring I would “die in such a hole,” where I could have no comforts, but he did…

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Book review; It is the Feminine Quality…

Too often, we overlook the marketing and advertisement of books while excavating authors and pondering the literary significance of their words. While digging away in the archives, I uncovered  the Army Letters… book review in “Literary Digest”:   Book Review 1909; $2.00.  Camp life from the point of view of an army officer is a not…

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Fort Lyon – Colorado Territory

October 1871 After months of anticipation and days of weary travel we have at last got to our army home! The day was glorious, and the atmosphere so clear, we could see miles and miles in every direction. But there was not one object to be seen on the vast rolling plains–not a tree nor a…

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