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Near Brownfield in Terry County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Route of Nolan Expedition

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
1. Route of Nolan Expedition Marker
Inscription. Army and civilian effort in 1877 to halt raiding of Chief “Old Black Horse's” Comanches.

In group were 60 Negro troops of Co. A, 10th U.S. Cavalry, and 22 buffalo hunters known as “The Forlorn Hope”. Troops departed Fort Concho in early July, led by Capt. Nicholas Nolan.

Eluded by Indians and finding water holes dry, on July 27 men were thirst-crazed. By drinking horse blood and urine, soldiers lived 86 parched hours; finally reached old supply base. Hunters left group; found water alone.

All but 4 soldiers survived this heroic test of endurance.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4370.)
 
Location. 33° 17.77′ N, 102° 13.556′ W. Marker is near Brownfield, Texas, in Terry County. Marker is at the intersection of Lubbock Road (U.S. 62/82) and Farm to Market Road 260, on the right when traveling south on Lubbock Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownfield TX 79316, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooks Blacksmith Shop (approx. 3 miles away); Meadow Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Meadow United Methodist Church
Route of Nolan Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
2. Route of Nolan Expedition Marker
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of Joe T. and Laura Hamilton Home (approx. 7.5 miles away); Site of Primrose School (approx. 8 miles away); Brownfield Cemetery (approx. 8.4 miles away); Maids and Matrons Club (approx. 8.5 miles away); Ropesville Cemetery (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brownfield.
 
Also see . . .  Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. "The Staked Plains Horror"
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable EventsWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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