Cabinet card of an unidentified Buffalo Soldier of Company E of the 10th Cavalry. O.S. Goff: Dickinson, North Dakota, n.d., circa 1891. The Buffalo Soldier stands in his uniform wearing white gloves and his hat where the insignia indicating that he is in Company E of the 10th Cavalry is visible. He holds an elegant cane in one hand. Another Buffalo Soldier, also holding a walking stick and with the same backdrop is held in the Carnegie Museum of Art (2019.13.2) and four images by Goff of Buffalo Soldiers are held by the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Orlando Scott Goff (1843-1917) first moved to the Dakota Territory in 1871 establishing the first photographic studio in Yankton. He became one of the most prominent and prolific photographers of the American west, establishing several studios in Dakota Territory and Montana. He is known to have been in Dickinson, North Dakota by 1891 and stayed until 1894, possibly later while maintaining several studios and residences. 1891 was when the 10th Cavalry transferred to the Department of Dakota after serving for twenty years in various posts throughout the southwest.
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