Isaiah Dorman

Isaiah Dorman True West
Isaiah Dorman

Isaiah Dorman gained notoriety for being the only black man killed at the Little Bighorn, where he served Custer as an interpreter.  But he had a very interesting life.

One job in particular stands out. In 1865, he was hired to carry the mail between Fort Rice and Fort Wadsworth—a 360-mile trip.  He was paid $100 a month, but he earned it.  Dorman walked the entire distance for a two-year period, carrying a sleeping bag over his shoulder and the mail in a waterproof pouch.

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