Small boudoir card showing eleven Buffalo Soldiers and their pup tents, 5 x 7 in. [H.A. Schmidt]: [Chloride, New Mexico], circa 1890. Manuscript note on verso credits the photographer as H.S. Schmidt. Manuscript note on verso identifies the scene: "10th Cavalry Camp - Chloride Creek."
Henry A. Schmidt (1861-1944) was born in Germany and emigrated to the US in 1878, coming to Chloride, New Mexico as a member of a survey team in 1882. Primarily an assayer, he sometimes operated photo studios in the region including Chloride.
The 10th Cavalry played an important role in the Campaign in New Mexico and Texas against Victorio's Apache bands in 1879-1880 and the regiment officially moved to Fort Bayard, New Mexico in 1887. They were transferred out of the southwest and to the Department of Dakota in 1891. Another image of the 10th Cavalry with Indian scouts at Silver Monument Mine Camp at Chloride Creek by Henry A. Schmidt, tentatively dated 1892, is housed in the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Collection.
Very good contrast and condition.
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