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Montana Historical Society, Helena [PAC 95-70]

R.C. Morrison. Buffalo soldiers and wives near Fort Keogh, Montana, ca. 1890.

Buffalo Soldiers and Wives in Montana

Companies of African-American soldiers often remained together, establishing black towns and communities after the end of the Civil War. According to contemporary sources, their presence in former slaveholding states, like Texas, tended to be temporary. However, a number of former companies of buffalo soldiers settled in the area around Fort Griffin in West Texas. These soldiers and their wives were photographed in Montana around 1890.

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