Isaac Payne, Trumpeter (1854 - 1904) MP

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Birthplace: Mexico
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Occupation: Indian Scout and Trumpeter during the Indian Wars
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About Isaac Payne, Trumpeter

Isaac Payne (1854 – 1904) was a Black Seminole who served as a United States Army Indian Scout and received America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.


Biography


Payne and other Black Seminoles enlisted in the Army and became known as the "Seminole Negro Indian Scouts". On April 25, 1875, he was serving as a trumpeter by the Pecos River in Texas where, "With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol." A month later, on May 28, 1875, Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the engagement. Two of the other men who took part in the charge, Pompey Factor and John Ward, both Black Seminoles, also received Medals of Honor.


Payne died at age 49 or 50 and was buried at the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery in Brackettville, Texas.


Medal of Honor citation


Rank and organization: Trumpeter, Indian Scouts. Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., April 25, 1875. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Mexico. Date of issue: May 28, 1875.


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With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol

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Isaac Payne, Trumpeter's Timeline

1854
1854
Mexico
1875
May 28, 1875
Age 21

With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol

1904
1904
Age 50
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Brackettville, TX, USA