SEMINOLE-NEGRO INDIAN SCOUTS

THE ELIJAH DANIELS BAND OF SEMINOLE-NEGROS CAME FROM
FORT DUNCAN AT EAGLE PASS TO FORT CLARK DURING THE
SUMMER OF 1872 ESTABLISHING A VILLAGE BELOW THE FORT
ALONG LAS MORAS CREEK. THESE REMARKABLE MEN, AND THEIR
DESCENDANTS, FAITHFULLY SERVED THE U.S. ARMY AS SCOUTS
WITH UNCOMMON GALLANTRY FOR 42 YEARS UNTIL THE UNIT WAS
DISBANDED IN SEPTEMBER 1914. NO SCOUT WAS EVER LOST OR
WOUNDED AS A RESULT OF ACTION WITH THE ENEMY! ALTHOUGH
THE SCOUTS NEVER AT ANY TIME MUSTERIED MORE THAN FIFTY
MEN, FOUR SCOUTS WON THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
FOR THEIR COSPICUOUS BRAVERY AND COOLNESS UNDER FIRE.

"IT MIGHT AS WELL BE UNDERSTOOD AT ONCE THAT NO
DISTINCTION WILL BE MADE IN REFERENCE TO COLOR OF SOLDIERS
WEARING THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITEID STATES."
ĚLT GEN PHILIP H. SHERIDAN

Courtesy Fort Clark Museum, Brackettville, Texas


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