Nice set of documents related to a Buffalo soldier, based on the Texas border.
Both documents folded: #1 has two horizontal folds, #2 two vertical folds.
#1 has some yellowing on the document.
#1: 8" X 10"
#2 11" X 8-1/2"
Jacob R. Pierce:
On March 11th 1885 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas before a convened court, with Major Bates of the 20th Infantry president, 1st Lieutenant Jacob R. Pierce was arraigned and charged with :
Charge #1: “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman”
Charge #2: Making an causing to b presented false and fraudulent claims against the United States, in violation of the 60th Article of War”
Both charges related to him attempting to be double-paid his salary for November & December 1884
He was found guilty on both charges and effective March 1 1885 he ceased to be an officer of the Army.
Index of General Orders and Circulars Adjutant General’s Office 1885
The 24th Infantry Regiment (one of the Buffalo Soldier regiments) was organized on 1 November 1869 from the 38th and 41st (Colored) Infantry Regiments. All the enlisted soldiers were black, either veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops or freedmen. From its activation to 1898, the 24th Infantry served throughout the Western United States. Its missions included garrisoning frontier posts, battling American Indians, protecting roadways against bandits, and guarding the border between the United States and Mexico.