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Pecos River, 1870

During January 1870, Captain Francis Dodge, commanding Company D, 9th Cavalry, and Company K, 24th Infantry, discovered a Mescalero Apache village near the Pecos River in Texas. Despite being detected, Captain Dodge ordered his men to attack and they surged so quickly on to the mesa top that the Indians were forced to leave their dead behind as they made their escape. Typical of the period, the Buffalo Soldiers still wear Civil War surplus clothing. The mounted corporal wears an 1854-pattern, 12-button uniform jacket with most of the trim removed. Headgear consists of an 1858-pattern forage cap with stamped brass insignia. His colored neckerchief is non-regulation but offers protection against the elements. He holds a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and has a Model 1865, .50-caliber Spencer carbine attached to a carbine sling. A Model 1860, 44-caliber Colt revolver is carried in an 1863-pattern ‘universal’ holster attached to his waist belt. A Blakeslee cartridge box is slung over his right shoulder. The infantrymen carry the Model 1866, .50-caliber Springfield rifled musket, popularly known as the ‘Allin Conversion,’ or ‘Trapdoor’ Springfield . The figure at right wears an 1858-pattern, four-button, sack coat and non-regulation brimmed hat. The soldier at left is stripped down to a non-regulation flannel undershirt. Both men wear brogan style Jefferson boots. Their equipment includes the experimental M1866 cartridge boxes, while their percussion pouches are used to carry extra rounds.

(Richard Hook)

Pecos River, 1870

During January 1870, Captain Francis Dodge, commanding Company D, 9th Cavalry, and Company K, 24th Infantry, discovered a Mescalero Apache village near the Pecos River in Texas. Despite being detected, Captain Dodge ordered his men to attack and they surged so quickly on to the mesa top that the Indians were forced to leave their dead behind as they made their escape. Typical of the period, the Buffalo Soldiers still wear Civil War surplus clothing. The mounted corporal wears an 1854-pattern, 12-button uniform jacket with most of the trim removed. Headgear consists of an 1858-pattern forage cap with stamped brass insignia. His colored neckerchief is non-regulation but offers protection against the elements. He holds a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and has a Model 1865, .50-caliber Spencer carbine attached to a carbine sling. A Model 1860, 44-caliber Colt revolver is carried in an 1863-pattern ‘universal’ holster attached to his waist belt. A Blakeslee cartridge box is slung over his right shoulder. The infantrymen carry the Model 1866, .50-caliber Springfield rifled musket, popularly known as the ‘Allin Conversion,’ or ‘Trapdoor’ Springfield . The figure at right wears an 1858-pattern, four-button, sack coat and non-regulation brimmed hat. The soldier at left is stripped down to a non-regulation flannel undershirt. Both men wear brogan style Jefferson boots. Their equipment includes the experimental M1866 cartridge boxes, while their percussion pouches are used to carry extra rounds.

(Richard Hook)



Pecos River, 1870

During January 1870, Captain Francis Dodge, commanding Company D, 9th Cavalry, and Company K, 24th Infantry, discovered a Mescalero Apache village near the Pecos River in Texas. Despite being detected, Captain Dodge ordered his men to attack and they surged so quickly on to the mesa top that the Indians were forced to leave their dead behind as they made their escape. Typical of the period, the Buffalo Soldiers still wear Civil War surplus clothing. The mounted corporal wears an 1854-pattern, 12-button uniform jacket with most of the trim removed. Headgear consists of an 1858-pattern forage cap with stamped brass insignia. His colored neckerchief is non-regulation but offers protection against the elements. He holds a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and has a Model 1865, .50-caliber Spencer carbine attached to a carbine sling. A Model 1860, 44-caliber Colt revolver is carried in an 1863-pattern ‘universal’ holster attached to his waist belt. A Blakeslee cartridge box is slung over his right shoulder. The infantrymen carry the Model 1866, .50-caliber Springfield rifled musket, popularly known as the ‘Allin Conversion,’ or ‘Trapdoor’ Springfield . The figure at right wears an 1858-pattern, four-button, sack coat and non-regulation brimmed hat. The soldier at left is stripped down to a non-regulation flannel undershirt. Both men wear brogan style Jefferson boots. Their equipment includes the experimental M1866 cartridge boxes, while their percussion pouches are used to carry extra rounds.

(Richard Hook)


   
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