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Buffalo Soldiers 25th Infantry Regiment Silver Gelatin Photographs, ca 1892

Lot of 9 silver gelatin photographs of the 25th Infantry. Images approx. 6.5 x 4.25 in. mounted on 8 x 6 in. cards. Contemporary pencil inscriptions identify the companies and subjects. Images include Dress Parade of the infantry; two images of Company B, one in full dress and the other prepared for heavy marching orders; a group portrait of Company D; two images of Company G, one in full dress and the one ready for heavy marching orders; Company H prepared for heavy marching orders; and two single portraits of white officers on horseback identified as Lieutenant Moss and Major McKibbin. Chambers McKibbin (1841-1913) was promoted to major and transferred to the 25th on April 25, 1892, making it likely that these images were captured during the 25th's time in Montana, probably at Fort Missoula in the early 1890s. It would be at Fort Missoula that Lieutenant Moss would lead men from Company B in the newly created Bicycle Corps in 1896. They tested the combat viability of bicycles as an alternative to horses, going so far as to complete a 1,900-mile ride to St. Louis in the summer of 1897. 

Condition:

Very occasional spots, else fine. 

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$6,250
02/20/2020

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