Near Tahoka in Lynn County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 in Lynn County
Known as Buffalo Soldiers, African American troops played vital role on the western frontier following the Civil War on July 26, 1877, Buffalo Soldiers of Company A, 10th Cavalry left Double Lakes in Lynn County in pursuit of a Comanche party. The Comanche led the solders away from watering holes and they suffered from extreme dehydration and sickness, enduring heat, dryness, and 86 hours without water. A number of soldiers became lost while searching for water and many of their horses and mules died. On July 30, the remaining troops returned to Lynn County for recuperation. Four died on the expedition, including Pvt. John T. Gordon, who is buried at Double Lakes.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16331.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 26, 1877.
Location. 33° 10.024′ N, 101° 57.28′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tahoka TX 79373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terry County (approx. 8.9 miles away); Tahoka (approx. 9.1 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lynn County (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lynn County Courthouse (approx. 9.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County (approx. 9.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County Courthouse (approx. 9.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoka.
Also see . . .
1. Buffalo Soldier tragedy of 1877. The Buffalo Soldiers searched for several days for the Comanche Indians but what happened was they couldnt find water and several soldiers died from dehydration. (Submitted on December 8, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Quanah Parker Trail. The Historical marker is next to one of the roadside arrows of the Quanah Parker Trail arrows. (Submitted on December 8, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.