Below is are some views of the uniform that belonged to Samuel Murdock of the 6th U.S. Cavalry. During the Indian Wars the 6th U.S. Cavalry was best known for fighting the Apache tribe of Indian in the southwest - in Arizona in 1876, 1881 & 1882, New Mexico in 1882, Colorado in 1884 and Pine Ridge in 1890. The unit also fought the Comanche tribe in Texas and Oklahoma in 1874. In the Spanish American War the 6th was initially sent to Camp Thomas, on the old Civil War battlefield at Chickamauga, Georgia. By June 7th, 1898 they were stationed at Fort Tampa, Florida. Soon they were enroute for the front, landing at Daiquiri, Cuba, on June 23rd and setting up camp on the 24th. On July 1st they assaulted San Juan Hill.
Samuel Murdock, the man to whom the tunic belonged survived the San Juan Hill assault. Murdock, born in 1849, entered the service on September 6, 1871 for a five year enlistment in the 3rd Cavalry, Troop H. He joined at his hometown of Baltimore. Murdock later re-enlisted for five more years, and was assigned to the 6th Cavalry, Troop A and then spent five more years in the 3rd Cavalry, Troop K before going back to Troop A of the 6th Cavalry for his last enlistment, which was dated February 8, 1899 at Fort Riley, Kansas. He ended his service in 1902 after 22 years in the army.
Field, Ron, Spanish-American War 1898. (Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1998).