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Winners (Part 1)

For the past several weeks I have been revisiting the wonderful periodical, Winners of the West (the microfilm version proovided courtesy of the best of all government programs, Interlibrary Loan).
Naaaa, this isn't the modern rag which offcers stories with titles like "I survived the Little Big Horn" or "Frank and Jesse Showed Me Where They Hid Their Money." The Winners of the West I've been going through was published monthly between late l923 and late l944 by the United Indian Wars Veterans (UIWV). Basically this publication was used as a pulpit to urge and pressure Congress into granting full pensions to veterans of the post-Civil War Indian campaigns.The UIWV welcomed all former soldiers and published membership rolls of various local/regional "camps" shows a scattering of black veterans; and at least two camps, Charles Young in Washington, D.C. and Abraham Lincoln in Texas were entirely made up of black fromer soldiers.

Winners of the West published many articles and letters submitted by
the veteran readership--and those from former black regulars provide
both "voices" and valuable research information. Often veterans would write asking to hear from former comrades: here are two such letters:

"Thomas J. Dilwood, San Antonio, Texas, would like to hear from all of his old comrades of Troop B, l0th U.S. Cavalry." (May 30, l928)

"Robert McKeen would be pleased to hear from his old buddies of Company D, 25th U.S. Infantry and Troops F and A, 9th U.S. Cavalry, from l880 to l890."(Aug 30, l928)

Here's a letter with more personal/service detail from Henry Stroup, "late Sergt. Troop A, l0th U.S. Cavalry" published in the March l926 issue:

"I served...for five years, first under General Crook and then under General Nelson Miles. I was on the Geronimo campaign in l885 at Fort Apacje, Arizona. We sure had a tough old time. Our foes were cruel and wily and did not take any prisoners except to torture them to death."

And this from William Branch, a l0-year veteran of Company I of the 25th Infantry in the August l934 issue:

I campaigned under Capt. Lawson, and was discharged at Fort Randall, Dakota. I was born in Lunenburg County, VA, May l3th, l850."

There is lots of good information in these brief blurbs. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Winners

Tom Phillips

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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