Buffalo Soldier Regiment: History of the Twenty-Fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926

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CHAPTER IX
THE REGIMENT MOVES TO MONTANA—EVENTS 1899–1890—
SKELETONIZING OF COMPANIES I AND K.

Early in May, 1888, the even tenor of routine garrison life that the regiment had enjoyed for the preceding five years was rather unceremoniously interrupted by orders transferring the regiment to stations in Montana. Let the ever-convenient regimental returns for May and June, 1888, tell the story of the move:

May: Colonel G. L. Andrews, 1st Lieutenant H. D. Reed, 25th Infantry, Acting Adjutant, and 23 enlisted men of the N. C. S. and Band left Fort Snelling, Minn., May 23, 1888, and arrived at Fort Missoula, M. T., May 26, 1888. Distance travelled by railroad, 1280 miles.

Companies A and D left Fort Mead, D. T., May 29, 1888, travelled 217 miles by railroad to Lusk, Wyoming Territory arriving there May 31, 1888. Left Lusk same date and marched to Thorp’s Ranch, distance 18 miles. Companies enroute to new station at Fort Custer, M. T.

Companies B, C and F left Fort Snelling, Minn., May 18, 1888, under command of Lieutenant Colonel J. J. Van Home, 25th Infantry, and travelled 1102 miles by railroad to Cascade, M. T., arriving there May 21st. Left Cascade same date and marched 18 miles to Fort Shaw, M. T., and took station.

Company E, left Fort Sisseton, D. T., May 23, 1888, and proceeded to Fort Shaw, M. T., arriving there May 28, 1888. Distance travelled 1158 miles.

Company I left Fort Snelling, Minn., May 26, 1888, and proceeded by railroad to Fort Keogh, M. T., and remained on temporary duty at that post pursuant to S. O. 39, Department of Dakota, May 11, 1888. Total distance travelled by railroad 769 miles.

Company G remained on duty at Fort Sisseton, D. T., awaiting orders to proceed to its new station Fort Missoula, M. T.

Companies H and K left Fort Meade, D. T., May 29, 1888, enroute to Fort Missoula, M. T., travelled 217 miles by railroad to Lusk, Wyoming Territory. Marched from Lusk, to Bordeaux, Wyoming Territory; distance 75 miles. By railroad from Bordeaux to Fort Missoula. Total distance travelled 1327 miles.

June: Companies A and D left Thorpe’s Ranch June 1st and arrived at Bordeaux, Wyoming Territory June 4, 1888; proceeded thence by rail to Custer Station, M. T., where they arrived June 8. Marched to Fort Custer, 17 miles, arriving June 10, 1888. Total distance travelled 1405 miles.

Company G left Fort Sisseton, D. T., June 3, 1888 for Fort Keogh, M. T.; marched 21 miles to Burch Station arriving there same day. Left Burch Station June 4th and arrived at Fort Keogh, M. T., June 6th. Left Fort Keogh June 7th and arrived at Fort Missoula, M. T., June 8, 1888. Total distance travelled 1204 miles.

Companies H and K left Spring Creek, Wyoming Territory June 1st and arrived at Bordeaux, W. T., June 4, 1888. Distance marched 57 miles. Left Bordeaux by rail at 2:20 p. m. June 5th and arrived at Fort Missoula, M. T., at 5:00 p. m. June 7, 1888. Total distance travelled 1092 miles.

Company I left Fort Keogh, M. T., at 7:20 a. m. June 7th on the N. P. R. R. for Fort Missoula, M. T., where it arrived 10:05 a. m., June 8, 1888. Distance travelled by rail 511 miles.

On December 31, 1888, the units of the regiment were distributed as follows:

Headquarters, Field, Staff, and Band and Companies G, H, 1 and K, Fort Missoula, M.T.

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