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

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CHAPTER XVII
ANOTHER COMMENDATORY ORDER—RECORD OF EVENTS 1902 TO
1905—CHANGES OF STATIONS DURING 1906—FORT NIOBRARA, JULY,
1906—ORDERS FOR FOREIGN SERVICE—THE REGIMENT RETURNS
TO THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, SEPTEMBER, 1907.

It was not long after the arrival of the regiment at Fort Niobrara that Colonel Bowman published the following circular to the regiment:

Headquarters 25th Infantry,
Fort Niobrara, Nebraska,
September 21, 1902.

Circular No. 12:

The Commanding Officer is gratified to invite attention to the following appearing in the Valentine Republican.


EXTRACT

A more gentlemanly or better behaved lot of men never garrisoned Fort Niobrara than they have thus far proven themselves to be, and may it be said to their credit, they show a disposition to create less disturbance and noise than did many white soldiers who have been stationed here. They are evidently from the better class of their race, and, so long as they conduct themselves in the commendable way set out, they will have the confidence and good will of our people as a whole. If they could know the compliments paid them on their conduct by Valentine citizens, they certainly would feel proud; and the Republican wants them to know this good feeling that exists toward them.

This kindly welcome home we have enjoyed from the public press everywhere in our journey across the continent, and at San Francisco.

It rests with the enlisted soldiers of the regiment to proudly maintain their well’ earned reputation for gallantry in their sober, self-respecting, manly conduct among our Nebraska friends.

By order of Colonel Bowman:

Berkeley Enochs,
25th Infantry, Adjutant,
1st Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant.

It is gratifying to note that during the service of the 25th Infantry at Fort Niobrara the Valentine Republican had no occasion to change its first estimate of the behavior of the personnel of the regiment.

From its arrival in the United States until the summer of 1906 was another uneventful period in the history of the regiment, and but little occurred to interrupt the even tenor of garrison life.

The following extracts from the regimental returns are typical of the times:


1902

October: Companies F and G, under command of Major Chas. G. Starr, 25th Infantry, left Fort Reno, Oklahoma, about 1:00 a. m., October 11th and proceeded by rail to Tuskahoma, Choctaw Nation Indian Territory, arriving same date. Distance travelled about 225 miles. While at Tuskahoma the command was engaged in assisting the Inspector and Agent in charge in maintaining order and preventing violence among the Indians during the sessions of the legislature of the Choctaw nation. The command returned to Fort Reno, Okla., by rail on October 19, 1902.

November and December: No change.

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