A Hero One Day, A Victim Another

emanuel stance grave marker
Emanuel Stance grave marker.

Sgt. Emanuel Stance was a hero, the first Buffalo Soldier to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He led a patrol against a group of Apaches in west central Texas in May 1870, liberating captive Willie Lehmann in the process.

Stance’s end wasn’t so gallant.  He was found shot to death near Crawford, NE on Christmas Eve 1887.  Nobody was ever arrested or tried. But many believed he was killed by his own men, who were sick and tired of Stance’s abusive and alcoholic behavior.  He was buried in nearby Fort McPherson.

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