10th Cavalry at Fort Thomas Boudoir Cards, ca 1888

Lot of 3 Boudoir cards of the 10th Cavalry while stationed at Fort Thomas, Arizona. Andrew Miller: Fort Thomas, Arizona, n.d., ca 1888. Captions in negative. 

Troop K, 10th Cavalry at volley-firing. Fort Thomas, Ariz. Troop K is pictured seated in a line with their rifles at the ready. An African American officer stands in the foreground holding binoculars. Troop K of the 10th Cavalry produced two of the three Congressional Medal of Honor winners that served in the 10th Cavalry during the Indian Wars. The recipients were Powhatan H. Clarke and William McBryar, the latter of whom was African American. We are not aware of any other image that shows Buffalo Soldiers training with their weapons in such a realistic manner - members of the unit are practicing volley-firing, a military tactic of firing in unison that was designed to shock and rout the opposing troops. 

Also includes image captioned Cactus Cañon, near Fort Thomas, Ariz. featuring a well-composed shot of the canyon with several of the namesake cacti. As well as an aerial image of Fort Thomas where the various buildings are visible with the surrounding desert and distant mountains. 

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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