41 [African-American] James Lee Co. Charge of the Colored Troops – San Juan. Chicago, 1907. Chromo lithograph, 15 ¾ x 20 inches, four color print with no margins. Some tiny edge nicks, else near fine.
The 9th and 10th Cavalry distinguished themselves in the Spanish-American war in two
engagements, particularly. In this chromolithograph they are shown storming up San Juan Hill victorious (the battle occurred July 1-3, 1898), which led to their taking of Santiago, Cuba. The only other chromolithograph on this topic (but with a different battle) that I have ever seen or handled was slightly larger and was entitled, “The Battle of Quasimas Near Santiago, June 28th, 1898, 9th and 10th Colored Cavalry in Support of the Rough Riders.” The Spanish-American War was one of the battle engagements for the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the West (the 10th Cavalry was from Texas, while the 9th came from Fort Robinson in Nebraska.