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In the wake of the Civil War, the West offered perceived opportunities for nearly every element of society. Other blacks came on their own to farm, set up businesses, or engage in various livelihoods, including the profession of arms. Indeed, a of blacks, many of whom ly had been slaves, ed the Army as a potential avenue to advancement and adventure. They saw the Army as a means to economic or social betterment.

Individuals who had been displaced by the Civil War could find food, shelter, clothing and to some extent medical benefits, by entering the military. Then, too, certain veterans who had served in the Union forces, as well as other blacks inspired by what those veterans had accomplished during the war, thought soldiering was well worth continuing.

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Jacob Wilks, who had spent more than three years fighting for the Union cause as a member of the th Colored Volunteer Infantry, fell into this category. Consequently, he ed on for a hitch in one of the Regular Army units formed in In other cases, young men whose fathers or family members had served in the Civil War decided to follow suit and the Army. George Conrad, Jr. My daddy was the only one that came back out of 13 men that enlisted…. Others thought that, after the expiration of their tour of duty, they might parlay an honorable discharge into civilian employment with the government, a goal that Samuel Harris gave as one of his reasons for enlistment.

Mansfield Robinson went to an Evansville, Ind. The officer on duty convinced the disinterested man to take the entrance examination. Whatever the motives, the option of military service would have been moot after the Civil War had not Radical Republicans and others championed the cause of blacks entering the ranks of the Regular Army, ly the exclusive domain of whites.

Eventually such opposition on Capitol Hill went down in defeat. InCongress—for a variety of reasons that ranged from rewarding officers and the black troops they had commanded during their Civil War service to simply providing employment for large s of freed slaves—legislated six segregated black units, the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, along with the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Infantry regiments, into existence. Three years later, a reorganization of the national military structure brought about the consolidation of the original four outfits of foot soldiers into two organizations, the 24th and 25th Infantry regiments.

For the remainder of the century, the two cavalry and two infantry regiments comprised approximately 9 percent of the men who wore the Army uniform. During this period, they usually carried out their duties on the frontier, away from the centers of white population, supposedly because of political pressures to keep blacks from being stationed in Northern states.

As in the Lone Star State, they occupied and maintained outposts that sometimes were isolated and lonely, and participated in the full gamut of garrison and field duties. The men drilled often and sometimes even engaged in physical fitness exercises that were beginning to come into vogue in the late-Victorian era. They stood inspection, did their turn at guard mount and similar martial duties, and paraded. They also went to the target range. The soldiers were ased many nonmilitary physical tasks known as fatigues—cutting ice where possiblesecuring wood for lumber and fuel, working as teamsters or day laborers for the quartermaster, serving as janitors in the Bdsm forum Fort Bayard New Mexico exchange, and picking wild berries near the fort to supplement the issue ration.

From time to time, the soldiers chased after military prisoners, chiefly deserters from white regiments, although they sometimes went in pursuit of black comrades. Field maneuvers increasingly became part of their routine, with emphasis being placed on war games. When called upon, black infantrymen also responded to disturbances that sometimes flared up in the final days of war between the American Indians and the people who came to displace them.

While the cavalry performed daring deeds recorded by newspaper reporters and artists, black infantry units faithfully played their part, too. That is not to say that the walk-a-heaps never took advantage of mounts available to them; they did, and when this happened they temporarily became mounted infantry. In Texas in the early s, Captain F. Crandal and some of the rank and file from his Company A, 24th Infantry, were using mules and horses to pull wagons when a raiding party attacked them between Fort Stockton and Fort Davis.

Another time an officer and his patrol were surprised and of their mules were run off by Indians who could strike swiftly on horseback against the slower foot soldiers. Later in the year, black soldiers were called out as reinforcements during the Ghost Dance ofwith several companies gathering at Fort Keogh, Mont. Besides forays against native peoples, African-American foot soldiers were sometimes even dispatched to quell strikes, such as those that broke out in the mines of Idaho during Two companies of the 25th Infantry at Fort Missoula, Mont.

Despite that admonition, a minor incident occurred when some local civilians heckled two railroad employees who were continuing to work during the strike. The civilian withdrew. The sentry was to be served with a warrant for arrest on a charge of assault. Another less dramatic but more unusual duty came when some of the men Bdsm forum Fort Bayard New Mexico the 25th Infantry took part in an bicycle experiment, an early effort to mechanize the American military. A group of adventurous volunteers in Montana peddled their way from Fort Missoula to Fort Harrison, north of Helena, then moved on to Fort Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where they tested their equipment and stamina traveling across the rugged terrain there before coming home—a grueling mile journey.

The next year, this hardy team wheeled off from Fort Missoula toward St. They completed the grueling 1,mile trek, averaging 52 miles a day in the process. For the most part, brave and determined black infantrymen did everything they could to do their duty well.

After reaching their destination at the end of the long day, these black soldiers threw off their equipment and began to practice their military drill. Such indications of professionalism remained very much a part of the story of black infantrymen, as was the case with their comrades in the cavalry. Although their diligence and dedication to duty were seldom rewarded, African-American soldiers received some recognition for their higher re-enlistment rates and fewer incidents of alcoholism.

Desertion ranked as an even worse personnel problem for the U. Army in the 19th century, but was rare in the black regiments.

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The 24th Infantry boasted the lowest desertion rate in the entire Army from throughand it shared this honor with the 25th Infantry in They are neat, orderly, and obedient, are seldom brought before court martial, and rarely desert. One more manifestation of unit pride could be found in the excellent bands that formed part of the black regiments. The popularity of these music-makers even prompted the regiment to erect a bandstand in front of the Missoula court-house right after the 25th reported to the area. The band offered regular concerts at the courthouse on Thursday evenings, thereby cementing good relations between the civilian population and the personnel of the regiment.

One time, the entire band played at the funeral of a prominent Missoula citizen, C. Higgins, whose passing brought an estimated mourners to pay their respects. The strings additionally provided music until midnight at a domino-mask dance held in Missoula. Folks danced the schottische, the polka, the square dance, and the quadrille.

We had real music in them days, too.

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Locals in many Western communities also could watch some of the athletic competitions that were held by troops at the forts located near towns. Sometimes there were baseball games that pitted soldiers against civilians. Occasionally soldiers from one fort would travel to another post to compete, which no doubt drew local spectators from town. And there were other occasions for black soldiers to mingle with townspeople and others outside their circle. Sometimes white clergymen were ased to black regiments, but by the s African-American chaplains began to be ased to the black infantry regiments, beginning with Reverend Allen Allensworth of the 24th and Reverend Theophilus Steward of the 25th.

Both these remarkable men of the cloth helped many soldiers in their congregation to Bdsm forum Fort Bayard New Mexico that they played an important role in the opening up of the region. These ministers not only taught lessons about right and wrong but also provided educational fundamentals so that black infantry troops could learn to read and write, and gain other knowledge that would help them both in and out of the Army. The two chaplains hoped many of these soldiers would have successes that were similar to their own. For instance, Allensworth hailed from Kentucky, where he had been enslaved before the Civil War.

When the fighting broke out, he escaped from his bondage and fled north. For a time he served with the Illinois volunteers, assisting with hospital work. He eventually ed the U. Navy and ended the war as a petty officer. Eventually he returned to school to complete a degree in divinity. Conscious of the color line that existed, he continually had to balance his own vision of the future for African Americans with the harsh political and social realities of his time. In spite of the narrow path he was forced to walk, Allensworth dedicated himself to spreading the gospel and providing education for his soldiers.

While at Bdsm forum Fort Bayard New Mexico Bayard in New Mexico Territory, for example, he wrote one of the first army manuals on education for enlisted personnel. Innovative and diligent, he served the black soldiers and the Army well for two decades. As partial reward for his devotion, when he retired inAllensworth was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and thus became the highest-ranking black officer in the U.

Army to that date. For the most part, their own life in the Army usually brought meager rewards, while their daily experiences at military posts were boring and on the thankless, thorny side. Detached service was a welcome break from the routine drudgeries of the fort, but could be dangerous. This hefty sum was being transported to pay troops at various posts in Arizona Territory. The paymaster had an escort of several men from the 10th Cavalry and 24th Infantry along to protect the money.

Near Cedar Spring, Ariz. A large boulder blocked the road ahead. The ranking NCO noncommissioned officerSergeant William Brown of Company C, 24th Infantry, called to several of the men to leave their vehicles and help remove the obstruction. Almost as soon as he gave the order, a shout came from the nearby rocks not to disturb the blockade; then a volley rang out from concealed assailants who had improvised barricades to flank the roadway and offer protection for the ambush. The driver of the lead wagon toppled first with a shot in the stomach. His mules bolted, and in the ensuing exchange of fire, one of the animals was killed, bringing the first vehicle to a halt.

The outlaws raked the escort with a hail of lead. Sergeant Brown was hit in the stomach, but he grabbed a rifle from one of the other men who had been struck, and continued to blaze away until a second round ripped into his arm.

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The other NCO in the detachment, Corporal Isaiah Mays, also of the 24th, kept up a return fire until driven to seek shelter underneath a wagon. As the barrage continued, Mays crawled out of range. He then went off for help to a ranch some two miles away from the ambush site. When he returned, he found nine men in the contingent wounded.

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The entire escort was cited for bravery, while Brown and Mays were presented the Medal of Honor for their valor. Their assailants, however, made off with the money and were never brought to justice. This devotion to duty exhibited by Brown, Mays and their comrades came in part from pride in the uniform and loyalty to comrades. This article was written by John P. Langellier and originally published in the February issue of Wild West Magazine.

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