Buffalo Soldier CDV by Cross, Niobrara, Nebraska, circa 1880s

CDV studio portrait of an unidentified Buffalo Soldier corporal with dual chevrons visible on his sleeve. William Richard Cross: Niobrara, Nebraska, n.d., circa 1880s. Pictorial imprint on verso. 

Cross (1839-1907), originally from Vermont, had moved west and initially operated a traveling tent studio in northeastern Nebraska. He settled in Niobrara and opened a studio on July 4, 1878, where he would remain for the next twelve years though he still traveled intermittently. Notably, he opened another studio at Fort Niobrara around 1886 and worked with his apprentice John A. Anderson at Fort Meade in 1888. Units of the 9th Cavalry joined the garrison in 1885 at Fort Niobrara and the 25th Infantry had troops at Fort Meade during this period. Though his collar pins are not fully discernable, this corporal is almost certainly from one of these regiments. 

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