Boudoir card of 25th Infantry, Company A. J.C.H. Grabill: Sturgis, Dakota Territory, circa 1887. Photographer's imprints on recto and verso. 27 Black soldiers stand in line wearing their uniforms and packs, each holding a rifle. A white officer stands at a height behind the troop. The company's "A" designation can be discerned from their cap badges.
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment were transferred from the southwest and Texas to the northern Great Plains in 1880, with Companies A, D, H, and K stationed at Fort Meade, in what is now South Dakota. They remained there until June 1888.
John C.H. Grabill (1849-1903) was well known for his photographs of American Indians and the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre. He took several images of the 3rd Infantry and notably a remarkable portrait of a Buffalo Soldier wearing a buffalo coat [Sold as Lot 31 in Part I of The Road West]. No images of the 25th Infantry are included in the Library of Congress's Grabill archive of 193 images.
Minor browning on edges; photo very good other than one minor bend just to the left of the chimney.
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