The remains of more than 60 Civil War era men, women and children, who were initially buried near Fort Craig in southern Socorro County, will be laid to rest for a final time at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 28. Among them were three Buffalo Soldiers, who were reburied with full military honors after their original graves had been desecrated by trophy hunters.
U.S. Army Pvts. David Ford, Levi Morris and Thomas Smith were members of the 125th United States Colored Troops, a regiment of black soldiers stationed at Fort Craig during the Civil War. They fought Texas Confederates at the Battle of Valverde in 1862.