As a historian, genealogist and techie I place great value in utilizing Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to gain key insights and learning in the areas I am less familiar.
My search for the story of our mystery Buffalo Soldiers, G Troop and now L Troop, is no different. For 16 years I’ve researched African American and Slave Ancestry, but it’s only recently (almost 1 year to the day) I created Where Honor is Due to acknowledge my family’s men of service. And from time to time tackle the random unrelated #MilitaryMystery that peeked my interest.
Military research [and the unique terminology associated with it] are fairly new to me. But even a military history newbie like myself knew when seeing our 10 men of Company G, 9th Regiment for the first time we’d stumbled upon an amazing, historic find.
The journey’s been that and then some!:)
With the military history expertise of Colonel William Haenn and Colonel Sam Russell, and the constant support of researchers True Lewis (Army) and Bernita Allen (Air Force), we’ve begun to unfold who our men of Troop G and L were, and the magnitude of their military service.
If you haven’t already, follow this post and the very important contributions of the Colonels — their commentary is beyond fascinating! This will provide context to why our attentions have now turned to Fort Robinson Nebraska (pictured above) as the home of BOTH Troops G and L of the 9th and 10th Cavalry respectively. In fact, the posted image is of the 10th Cavalry taken at Fort Robinson in the late 1890s.
Observe the beam structure, window and door frame build. Is this the same build/structure captured in our Troop G image?
So what answers are we in search of today?
- How can we confirm Fort Robinson as the home to our Buffalo Soldiers? Are there any preserved structures (or pictures of them) that can be identified?
- Are there any Fort Robinson military rosters identifying Troops G and L by name?
- Is there additional historic commentary from Lieutenant Grote Hutcheson providing insights about G Troop? To True’s question, did he name the troops?
- Can we leverage widow pension records to learn more about our Buffalo Soldiers? Checkout the Indian Wars Pension Project via USGenWeb.
The nature of in depth, exhaustive historical research — the more mysteries we solve, the more questions they generate!:)
- Henry’s Brunettes via Army at Wounded Knee – Colonel Sam Russell
- Research Notes & Commentary – Colonel William Haenn via Are Our Soldiers Wearing GAR Medals, Where Honor is Due
- Buffalo Soldiers, Braves, and the Brass: The Story of Fort Robinson Nebraska by Frank N Schubert
- The Ninth Regiment of Cavalry – Lieutenant Grote Hutcheson
- Fort Robinson Nebraska (1874-1916) – BlackPast.org
- Image: 10th Infantry at Fort Robinson – Wyoming: Equality State?: Diversity Issues in the State’s Early History
- Image: Fort Robinson Guardhouse – Nebraska State Historical Society