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Near Deming in Luna County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cathay Williams

(c1850 – Death Date Unknown)

 
 
Cathay Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
1. Cathay Williams Marker
Inscription. Born into slavery, Cathay was liberated in 1861 and worked as a cook for the Union army during the Civil War. In 1866 she enlisted in the U.S. Army as Private William Cathey serving with the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Cummings and Fort Bayard until 1868. She is the only documented woman to serve as an enlisted soldier in the Regular U.S. Army during the 19th century.

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New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women's Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women's contributions to New Mexico history on the state's Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women's diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
 
Location. 32° 21.967′ N, 107° 37.017′ W. Marker is near Deming, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker is on State Road 26 at milepost 10.2, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deming NM 88030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At
Rear of Cathay Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
2. Rear of Cathay Williams Marker
least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deming (approx. 10.2 miles away); Deming Armory (approx. 10.7 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 10.7 miles away); Seamon Field House (approx. 10.7 miles away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away); Rockhound State Park (approx. 12.5 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Cathay Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
3. Cathay Williams Marker
 
 
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