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Group of Officers and Ladies, Fort Grant, Arizona Boudoir Card, 1892

Boudoir card outdoor group portrait of eleven white cavalry officers, several of their wives, "Baby Joe McDonald," and a dog. A[ndrew] Miller: [Fort Grant, Arizona Territory], [1892]. Extensive inscription dated February 10, 1892 on the verso identifies the subjects and with which regiments they served, notably most of the men were officers with the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers regiment: Lieut. Paxton, Lieut. Smith and his wife, Lieut. Finley and his wife, Capt. Kelley, Colonel Mizner, Lieut. Grierson and his wife, Lieut. Johnston, Lieut. Read and his wife (whose home they are posed in front of), and Lieut. Rockenbach all listed as officers with the 10th Cavalry. With Miss Norvell and Mrs. McDonald also associated with the 10th. A Lieut. Sargent is listed as an officer with the 2nd Cavalry and Capt. and Mrs. Arthur are listed as "Med. Dept."

Fort Grant was originally an outpost in the Arizona Territory named Fort Breckinridge in 1860. Later renamed to Camp Grant between 1865-1872, it was relocated after the Camp Grant massacre in 1872. The new fort played a prominent role in the Apache Wars of the 1880s and was strategically located to provide protection to settlers. The Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry were stationed at Fort Grant in 1888 and troops would be stationed there until 1898. While there, the 10th was often involved in catching train robbers and other outlaws.  

Condition:

Minor wear. Image a bit dark.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$625
12/03/2020

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