Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877

Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 (HM1ED2)

Location: Morton, TX 79346 Cochran County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 44.655', W 102° 45.547'

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African American troops, known as Buffalo Soldiers, were vital in defending the Texas frontier. On July 26, 1877 Buffalo Soldiers from Co. A of the 10th Cavalry began to pursue a Comanche party. During the pursuit, the Comanches led the troops away from water holes as the expedition traveled through Cochran and other counties. After Several days without water, Capt. Nicholas Nolan led his dehydrated soldiers and remaining animals back to Double Lakes in Lynn County; they arrived on July 30, having gone 86 hours without water. Several soldiers left camp in search of water and four died during the expedition: Pvt. John H. Bonds; Pvt. Isaac Derwin; Pvt. John Isaacs; and Pvt. John T. Gordon.
HM NumberHM1ED2
Marker Number14745
Year Placed2008
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 9:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 707579 N 3736055
Decimal Degrees33.74425000, -102.75911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 44.655', W 102° 45.547'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 44' 39.30" N, 102° 45' 32.82" W
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Area Code(s)806
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Unnamed Road, Morton TX 79346, US
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