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A recently suspended employee of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department has taken action by filing a lawsuit against several high ranking officers with the department. Rhonda Diane Lott who was suspendedMore >>
A recently suspended employee of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department has taken action by filing a lawsuit against several high ranking officers with the department.
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This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:09:43 GMT
A Covington County woman is out of jail after posting a $5,000 bond Tuesday.According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, Rachael Girault is charged with shooting into a dwelling home. InvestigatorsMore >>
Rachael Girault, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with shooting into a dwelling home. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:49:04 GMT
The shooting of an 18 year old boy in Ferguson, Missouri has made international news, raising questions of race relations as well as police accountability. Several local individuals have made their voicesMore >>
The shooting of an 18 year old boy in Ferguson, Missouri has made international news, raising questions of race relations as well as police accountability. Several local individuals have made their voices be known, by use of social media, as well as even taking it upon themselves to travel to Ferguson.More >>
Up Close and Personal: Visiting Black HistoryBlack History Month: ShrinesMore>>
The National Park Service maintains a number of historic sites associated with black history. Ten of those sites are featured here, each with a link to visitors information from the park service.More >>
Fort Davis is important in understanding the presence of African Americans in the West and in the frontier military because the 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry and the Ninth and 10th US Cavalry, all-black regiments established after the Civil War -- known as "Buffalo Soldiers" -- were stationed at the post. Although this term was first used in the early 1870s in reference to black cavalry troopers, in recent years the term Buffalo Solider has become synonymous with all troops of African-Americans that served in the frontier Indian Wars Army.
Following the Civil War, Congress passed legislation increasing the size of the Regular Army, with stipulations that of the new regiments created, two cavalry and four infantry "shall be composed of colored men."
In compliance with the new law, the Ninth and 10th Cavalry Regiments and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41 U. S. Infantry Regiments were composed of white officers with black enlisted men. In November of 1869, the 38th and 41st regiments were combined to form the new 24 U. S. Infantry, while the 39th and 40th were combined into the new 25th U. S. Infantry. From 1867 until 1885 units of the Ninth and 10th Cavalry Regiments, and the 41st, 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments, served at Fort Davis.
In the history of Fort Davis, the Buffalo Soldiers amassed a notable record of accomplishments.
They arrived at the post when western Texas was still open to attack by raiding Apaches and Comanches. By the time they left in 1885, peaceful travel and settlement prevailed in much of the region. One of their major responsibilities was to protect travelers and the mail on the San Antonio-El Paso Road. All soldiers stationed at Fort Davis provided an invaluable service by scouting, guarding water holes, escorting government wagon trains, survey parties and freight and mail coaches, and at times controlling Indian movements. They also were responsible for constructing new roads and 91 1/2 miles of telegraph line
Today, 24 roofed buildings and over 100 ruins and foundations are part of Fort Davis National Historic Site. Five of the historic buildings have been refurnished to the 1880s, making it easy for visitors to envision themselves being at the fort at the height of its development.
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