9th & 10th Cavalry: Setting Our Sight on Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson 1892 10th Infantry

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?

Below is a different Fort Robinson image of the same guardhouse. Is this the brick structure the same as that behind our Troop L baseball image?

Fort Robinson - Nebraska I

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!:)

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G Troop Continues To Speak…

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Gloria Longval is a gifted Cuban artist and owner of the 9th Regiment, Company G image. She tells me it was purchased in 1965, at an estate sale in Los Angeles.

Gloria paid .40 cents each for 4 picture frames, and it wasn’t until 3 days later she discovered the 9th Cavalry image hidden securely between two mats, and on the underside the horse and carriage image featured above.

She tells me she’s never shared the images with anyone outside of her immediate family, only taking them to be appraised in 1994 and last week to Taos News, in the hope it would prompt a Black History Month feature.

Having lost her Husband in 1965, Gloria shared how the image of the soldiers helped to ease her grief. She’d often examine their faces, wondering about the lives of the 10 men.

So what have we learned and/or confirmed?

  • The soldiers are in fact the 9th Regiment, Company G; also referred to as “G Troop”. The emblem on their hats confirm this — “9” at the top of the crossed sabers and “G” below, medals and uniform style.
  • They are Buffalo Soldiers who we believe served in Texas, Kansas and New Mexico. It’s possible they were recruited in New Orleans in 1866.
  • The medals they’re wearing are not Medals of Honor. We’re working to confirm what the medals represent, at least one medal appears to be for “marksmanship”.
  • The image is believed to be a “reunion” shot, taken sometime after their service. The location to be determined.
  • I’ve reached out to friends at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for historical input and validation.
  • True Lewis has enlisted the aid of researchers from the US Army War College to provide additional insight into G Troop’s history and service record.
  • We’re hopeful we’ll be able to identify these men by name and who knows, possibly connect them to living descendants.

The above image was preserved and sold along with the 9th Regiment picture. Is it possible they are connected? Can anyone identify the building in the background?

When it’s all said and done, I’ll work with Gloria to find a permanent home for our Soldiers.

I believe they are speaking and will continue to guide us. They are true soldiers. They are fighting for freedom.

Luckie