1875, Lt. John S. Loud, 9th Cavalry, Ringgold Barracks, Texas, Letter; Ft. Brown
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1875, Lt. John S. Loud, 9th Cavalry, Ringgold Barracks, Texas, Letter; Ft. Brown:
This item is a wonderful,original letter dated 1875, Ringgold Barracks, Texas where John S. Loud wrote to adjutant L.H.Rucker regarding supplies shipped to Fort Brown....signed at lower left by Loud. Letter is 8x11, fold, else in good condition.
John Sylvanus Loud was born 12 April 1842, in Warwick, New York. His initial military service was with the Seventh New York National Guard in 1862 as a private. In 1863, he transferred to the Twelfth New York Cavalry as a lieutenant, was later promoted to captain, and was mustered out in June 1865, returning to New York City to take up a business career.
Applying for a commission in the regular army in November 1865, he became a second lieutenant in the Ninth United States Cavalry, joining the regiment at its San Antonio, Texas, headquarters in May 1867, Two months later, he was promoted to first lieutenant and from September 1867 until January 1880 served as regimental adjutant.
In 1868, he received a brevet appointment as first lieutenant and captain "for meritorious services" during the Civil War, Promoted to the rank of captain in the Ninth Cavalry in January 1880, he remained there until June 1897, when he was transferred to the Third Cavalry as major.
Capable and dedicated,Loud served as an officer of the Ninth Cavalry almost from its creation in 1866, traveling with his men from post to post across the frontier for thirty years.
He retired a lieutenant colonel in June 1898 and died at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on 27 May 1909.
The 9th Cavalry was organized on 21 September 1866 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and mustered between September 1866 and 31 March 1867. Its first commanding officer was Colonel Edward Hatch. The men enlisted for five years and received $13 per month, plus room, board and clothing. Later they were dubbed "Buffalo Soldiers". The regiment's motto was, and remains, "We Can, We Will".
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