10th Cavalry Indian Scouts Boudoir Card, ca 1885

Boudoir card outdoor group portrait of African American and American Indian scouts. Photographer unknown: [Arizona], n.d., ca 1885. Contemporary handwritten ink inscription below image: "Indian Scouts of Arizona in the Field, Commanded by Lt. Clark US Army 10th Cavalry." Five African Americans stand interspersed with eight American Indians, all posing with their firearms. Two more African American scouts stand behind the main group holding up their pistols, one of them aiming towards the camera. Another African American stands at the rear playing a bugle. 

The US Army employed Apache scouts as well as the 10th Cavalry to pursue Geronimo, the leader of Apache resistance. The 10th was deployed in 1885 to pursue the Apaches in Arizona territory, as they had in 1879-1880. This image is noteworthy as it is the only known example to show Apache scouts side-by-side African American Buffalo Soldiers. The inscription says they were commanded by Lt. Clark, a reference to Powhatan Henry Clarke, a 2nd lieutenant and commander of Troop K who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3rd, 1886 when he rescued a wounded soldier under fire. 


Some toning and occasional spotting. 

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