Today in Texas History – October 28

From the Annals of the Buffalo Soldiers –  In 1880, Apache warriors killed seven soldiers from the famous black Tenth United States Cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  The soldiers had been defending settler’s in Hudspeth County.  The attack was one of the last episodes in what came to be known as Victorio’s War.  Chief Victorio, who was considered one of the fiercest of the Apaches, had led his followers away from the San Carlos Reservation in 1879 to return to Fort Stanton.  From there he led a campaign of terror across New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.  Most of the fighting ended when his camp was overrun in October. Victorio was killed along with many of his warriors and some women and children.

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