Cdv of Company "I" 2nd Sgt. Thomas G. Slark, 7th US Cavalry. Slark, a 27-year-old Butcher from London, England, enlisted September 12th, 1866 and was discharged August 25th, 1868.
This image was owned by Captain Myles Keogh, it comes Keogh's personal album that was sold in auction and broken up a few years ago. Keogh has written the identification on the back of the carte in period ink-
"Thomas G. Slark 2nd Sgt. I Troop 7 Cav; Sgt. 92nd British Infantry"
Scarce Denver, CO photographer's b/m. I also have a copy of the document that shows when Slark was enlisted and the date of his discharge which will be sent to the buyer. Images of enlisted members of the 7th Cavalry are extremely rare, especially one which was written on by a famous Irishmen killed at the LBH!
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"Recruits for a regiment of cavalry were concentrated at Fort Riley, Kansas, in August, 1866. The work of organization was inaugurated by Major John W. Davidson, 2d Cavalry, on the 10th September, and completed by Colonel Smith, on the 22d December (1866)....The regiment remained in Kansas four years and six months, and during that period performed every kind of duty that could fall to the lot of a trooper, and went through an experience scarcely realizable to a young soldier of the present day.
Its scouts, marches and expeditions, extended from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains; from the Staked Plains of Texas to the Platte River. The summer's sun found it plodding over the arid, dusty plains as escort to commissioners, surveyors and what not, or dashing along in eager pursuit on a fresh Indian trail, and dealing vigorous strokes upon this savage enemy; the winter's snow served as a winding sheet to many of its gallant dead. The theatre of its operations was the scene of many well contested conflicts with its treacherous foe. Two seasons it fought the unseen but virulent enemy—Asiatic cholera. It subsisted for months on food unfit for human consumption, and as a consequence scurvy frequently prevailed among the men, weakening them to such a degree as to invite the more deadly disease—cholera.
This varied and trying service developed officers of determination and endurance, of daring and skill; and at the same time eliminated the "deadwood" which it discovered. The regiment, or fractions of it, demonstrated its esprit on over forty occasions in contest with the Sioux, Cheyennes, Kiowas, Comanches, Apaches, Arapahoes and Dog Soldiers. These began with a skirmish near Fort Lyon, Colorado, on the 13th April, 1867, and practically ended with the battle on the Washita in the Indian Territory on the 27th November, 1868,—although there were several smaller affairs along the Saline and Solomon during the summer of 1869..."