Near Morton in Cochran County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Buﬀalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877
African American troops, known as Buffalo Soldiers, were vital in defending the Texas frontier. On July 26, 1877 Buffalo Soldiers from Co. A of the 10th Cavalry began to pursue a Comanche party. During the pursuit, the Comanches led the troops away from water holes as the expedition traveled through Cochran and other counties. After several days without water, Capt. Nicholas Nolan led his dehydrated soldiers and remaining animals back to Double Lakes in Lynn County; they arrived on July 30, having gone 86 hours without water. Several soldiers left camp in search of water and four died during the expedition: Pvt. John H. Bonds; Pvt. Isaac Derwin; Pvt. John Isaacs; and Pvt. John T. Gordon.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14745.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. 33° 44.655′ N, 102° 45.547′ W. Marker is near Morton, Texas, in Cochran County. Marker is on State Highway 214 1.3 miles north of Washington Avenue (State Highway 114), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morton TX 79346, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of Morton Memorial Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cochran County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Enochs Cemetery (approx. 8.8 miles away); La Pista de Vida Agua (approx. 11.6 miles away); Former Whiteface Motel (approx. 13 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . New state historical marker honors four Buffalo Soldiers who never made it home. (Submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
Categories. • African Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.