A New Cavalry Drill in the United States Army – Fort Bayard, NM

Harper’s Weekly drawing shows part of the Sixth Cavalry drilling in the region around Fort Bayard, New Mexico firing over their horses, which lie flat on the ground.
In 1865, General Carlton, commander of the District of New Mexico, requested that a new fort be established in the southwest region to protect the early settlers, miners and travelers from the Apache. Fort Bayard, located in the homeland of the Apache, was established in August 1866 by Company B of the 125th U.S. Colored Infantery, under the command of Lieutenant James Kerr. He established an encampment near the mining communities of Pinos Altos and Santa Rita. In 1899 the post of Fort Bayard was transferred to the Army Medical Department. This drawing was published in Harper’s weekly, April 4, 1885  p. 216 and is part of the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at the Library of Congress.

Document Type: Drawing
Historical Event: Parks and Monuments
Sub Event: Historic Site Preservation
Origin: Library of Congress
Date: April 4, 1885
Author: T. de Thulstrup, Harper's Weekly
Permission: Public Domain
Contributor: Tammie Torres
Albuquerque Historical Society

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