Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 403

Price Realized: $ 1,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(MILITARY--BUFFALO SOLDIERS TWENTY-FOURTH INFANTRY.) Printed Muster Roll, accomplished by hand with an added sheet of paper describing actions taken against "marauders," etc. Elephant folio sheet, folded to form two folio pages with lists of 60 men, signed or marked with their "X." The list is exceptionally detailed; creases where folded, some cracks along the folds, three with archival paper repair. should be seen. Fort Brown, Texas, 1874

Additional Details

Captain John Clous of company E of the 24th Infantry made these entries between June 13 and August 31st of 1874. Chronicles the desertion and capture of a private who died 8 days after his apprehension. This muster roll contains the signatures or "X"s of 60 men; 43 privates, 4 corporals, 6 sergeants, 2 musicians, 2 non-commissioned officers and 3 commissioned officers. Appended to the muster roll is an 8vo leaf written in a tiny but neat and legible hand, detailing the events that occurred while on patrol: "July 26, Lieut. Wessell, 2 sgts, and 9 pvts. Left post to scout the Rio Grande River in search of marauders and returned Aug. 4, 243 miles---Aug. 1st, sergeant Lust (?) and 5 pvts. to Mesquite and return. . ." While having some condition issues, this is one of the best and most detailed Buffalo soldier muster rolls that we have examined in the course of these sales.