PAYNE, ISAAC (1854–1904). Isaac Payne, Medal of Honor recipient and one of the Black Seminole scouts, was born in Mexico in 1854. He was cited for gallantry in action near the Pecos River on April 25, 1875. Trumpeter Payne was under the command of Lt. John L. Bullis, Twenty-fourth United States Infantry, while pursuing a band of twenty-five to thirty Comanche Indians crossing the Pecos River. The troops dismounted and crept up on the Indians, opened fire, killed three, and wounded another. After engaging the Indians for forty-five minutes, and in danger of being surrounded, they withdrew to their horses. Bullis was unable to mount because his horse was skittish and had broken away, leaving him in grave danger. Sergeant Ward turned back into the Indian fire and mounted Bullis behind him. Payne and the other scouts alternately carried the lieutenant to safety. Payne and the other two scouts were awarded the Medal of Honor for "Gallantry in Action." Payne is buried in the Seminole Negro Indian Scout Cemetery at Brackettville, Texas.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Art Leatherwood, "PAYNE, ISAAC," accessed January 23, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpaqu.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.