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Re: Seminole-Negro Scouts Assoc. Info

Many of the scouts and their descendants are buried at the Seminole Negro Indian Scout Cemetery outside Ft. Clark in Brackettville, Tx. There is no complete list of scout burials there, at this time. Mr. Shields is not on the current list that I have, although there is a Willie Shields, probably a son, who died in 1984, and served in WWII. (I know only a very little of the Scout geneologies, so cannot verify that.) William "Dub" Warrior is probably the most knowledgeable person on who is buried there. He is the past and current president of the cemetery association, and lives in Del Rio, and has done a tremendous amount of work over the years in getting MOH headstones, scout headstones and marking graves. I will ask him about that grave, and post the answer here, as I can't presume to know whether he would want his contact information made public.

Parts of the cemetery are in poor condition, with missing, broken or illegible headstones. There is also a fence that runs through one side of the cemetery, and there are several graves on the other side. Post cemeteries were pretty much segregated, and as the forts and camps closed, cemeteries were exhumed and bodies moved to other cemeteries, such as San Antonio and Alexandria. Such exhumations were often incomplete-due to poor record keeping, graves without headstones, where marker boards had disintegrated, etc. It's not uncommon for Fort excavations to turn up graves, such as a pretty large grouping recently uncovered at Fort McKavett. Another example-at Fort Bayard, where I matched the "official" burial list with headstones and the original burial record, I came up with 38 more names than the official list-either as entries, or actual graves.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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