DescriptionLT. POWHATAN H. CLARKE - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER - GERONIMO CAMPAIGN - 10TH U.S. CALVARY CO. K BUFFALO SOLDIERS. - ca. 1886-90. An exceptional unmounted albumen portrait of Lt. Clarke of the 10th Calvary. The 10th Calvary consisted of African-American soldiers, called "Buffalo" soldiers by the Indians. Lt. Clark arrived at Fort Grant, Arizona in 1885 and later went to Mexico with troop K in search of Geronimo and his renegades. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1886 when he saved the life of one of his troopers, Corporal Edward Scott. Clarke survived "withering gunfire" from the Apaches while rescuing Scott, whose leg was later amputated.
In a letter to his mother (currently in the collection of the Missouri Historical Society) he states, "Dear Mother...Our troop has been very highly complimented and the captain is the hero of the hour. Do not tell me about the colored troops there is not a troop in the U.S. Army that I would trust my life to as quickly as this K troop of ours. I have seen them only once but it was in a place where a stampede would have meant massacre. The firing was at 200 yards from rocks nearly over our heads. No men could have been more determined and cooler than these same darkies were and as for their officers they like them and will risk themselves for them. The wounded Corporal has had to have his leg cut off, the ball that shattered it lodging in the other instep. This man rode seven miles without a groan, remarking to the Captin (sic) that he had seen forty men in one fight in a worse fix than he was. Such have I found the colored soldier." Clarke is wearing the Medal of Honor in this photograph; his striking image also caught the eye of his friend Frederic Remington, who reportedly used his likeness for several works of art. The image measures 3.75"x 7.5" and the bottom left corner has a slight clip, there
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