The sadness in his eyes. Bynum Colbert born 1850 in Kiamitia County, Choctaw Nation was a Choctaw Freeman. He served as a US Deputy Marshal for Judge Isaac Parker out of Fort Smith, Arkansas working the Oklahoma Territory.
This was one of the first monthly magazines created for the national African American consumer. Published and circulated in Boston, Mass. and New York City until the Colored American Magazine did for nine years in the what Ebony Magazine is doing today.
A group of five soldiers appear on the right side of the photograph. Three wear forage caps and two wear slouch hats. They all seem to be well equipped like their comrades. A white fence runs behind them and a barrel rests near.