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IDENTIFIED ORIGINAL PAY RECORD FOR AN OFFICER IN THE 9TH US CAVALRY REGIMENT – MAJOR ALBERT P. MORROW - DATED 1874:  An original Indian Wars period pay record for funds paid to Major Albert P. Morrow of the 9th US Cavalry Regiment, one of the famous “Buffalo Soldier” regular army regiments formed after the Civil War.    

At the time this document was written, the 9TH Cavalry was stationed at a number of frontier posts in Western Texas and New Mexico and engaged against the Comanche, Kiowa and Apaches on the southern plains and along the border with Mexico – a very active period in the regiment’s history.  Major Morrow transferred from the 7TH Cavalry to the 9TH on March 6th 1867 and served with the 9Th until 1882.  The Major had enlisted in the army in April of 1861, serving as a sergeant in several Pennsylvania infantry and cavalry units until 1862 when he was appointed as a second lieutenant in the 6Th Pennsylvania Cavalry.  He was promoted several times, finally promoted to the rank of brevet Colonel of Volunteers at the end of the war for conspicuous gallantry.  He mustered out of service in August of 1865 and sought an appointment in the regular army, receiving a commission as a captain in the 7th US Cavalry in July of 1866. 

After leaving the 9th, Major Morrow served as the lieutenant colonel of the 6Th Cavalry and the colonel of the 3RD Cavalry, retiring from active duty in 1892 after more than 30 years of active service.  He died in 1911 

The document, measuring 11” by 8.5”, is printed with the standard format on both sides and each side has the details of the pay transaction entered in handwritten script in ink, detailing the Major’s length of service, the pay period for which he is being compensated – April 1st through April 30th, 1874 – the amount paid, the paymaster’s identification, and Major Morrow’s signature acknowledging the receipt of the funds.  The form is complete with no tears or loss of text, with only a very minor point of loss of paper along one edge. 

This is a better than average Indian War US Army document with a desirable identification to long serving officer who saw more than his fair share of action with one of the most famous regiments to serve on the western frontier.  (0965)  $250

NOTE:  The two black spots that appear on the face of the document to the right of center were for some reason enhanced and darkened by the photography.  In reality, they are light gray smudges, perhaps where drips of ink were blotted from the page during the process of completing the form.  They are hardly noticeable when the document is viewed in person, but for some reason the photography emphasized them. 



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