|Death: ||Dec. 31, 1931|
Seminole-Negro Indian Scout
Born in Brackettville, Texas in 1875. Was in the US Army / Cavalry. He served at Ft. Clark, TX and at Ft. Huachuca, AZ.
Enlistment period from Jan. 1893 to Nov. 1894.
He served three enlistments.
He was widowed when living in Garden Canyon near Fry, AZ now known as Sierra Vista.
Pompey Long was a member of the renowned Seminole--Negro Indian Scouts from Kinney County, Texas.
His father: William Long
Mother: Priscilla Pane from Florida
Wife: Harriett Long
Buried in Douglas, AZ
In Observance of the AZ Centennial, 1912-2012
Grave marking project ongoing by:
Silas Griffin, discovered in 2004, Copyright by G.R.a.V.E., 1999-2012
AZ death Cert
Freedom on the Border, by Kevin Mulroy
The Seminole Maroons in Florida, The Indian Territory, Coahuila (Mexico) and Texas
In Aug. of 1870, a new military unit came to be known as The Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts. The Seminole maroons possessed qualities that made them extremely useful to the frontier army. The maroons were skillful trackers and often could pick up a trail many weeks old.
Regularly, The Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts were described as faithful and loyal to their commanding officers, excellent horsemen, fine marksmen, fearless fighters, and highly effective in hand to hand combat. A contemporary officer noted they could go longer on half rations than any other body of men he had known, and if there were no other food available, they would resort to eating rattlesnake.
In early 1879, Thirty-nine SNI scouts trailed Mescalero Apache Indians into Mexico for over 1200 miles and back to Fort Clark, TX in an 80 day expedition. They were praised with terms such as extraordinary, uncanny, and superhuman. (Mulroy, p. 114-116)
The scouts believed that their safe deliverance from predicaments came about through divine intervention and every night while on expedition, they would give thanks for their good fortune in camp meetings featuring singing and prayer. (Mulroy, p. 128)
Created by: Robert S. Griffin
Record added: May 02, 2012
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