Famous Indian Fighters

Troop A, Ninth U.S. Cavalry

In July 1867, the 9th Cavalry was ordered to western and southwestern Texas to maintain law and order between the Rio Grande and Concho Rivers from Fort Clark to El Paso.  The 9th Cavalry remained in Texas for eight years, nearly all of it in the field.

The regiment went to the New Mexico Military District, which covered parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Texas, and participated in the Apache Wars from 1875 to 1881.  That service included the Battle of Tularosa with Apache warriors led by Victorio in May 1880.

The Apache Wars were a series of armed conflicts between the United States and various Apache nations fought in the Southwest between 1849 and 1886. 

This stereograph shows the 9th U.S. Cavalry on horseback, c. 1898.

2013.34.1, Courtesy of Phil Spangenberger