Fort Selden was established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace among the varied inhabitants in the south central region of present day New Mexico. Their primary intent was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from desperados and Mescalero Apache Indians. Built near the banks of the Rio Grande, the adobe fort housed units of U.S. Army Infantry and Cavalry.

The first troops to occupy the fort were companies of the 125th US Colored Infantry Regiment, a group of African-American enlisted soldiers from Kentucky who had been mustered into the Union Army near the close of the American Civil War. Several of the units assigned later, including the 9th US Cavalry and 10th US Cavalry, and stationed at the fort were also composed of black troopers, sometimes referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. As a testament to their bravery, nine Buffalo Soldiers received the Medal of Honor while serving in New Mexico Territory.

Surnames Lacy – Lytle

Lacy            John H.
Lafferty        John           1Lt     G       8th CAV
Lamb            Joseph         Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lamb            William H.     Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Lamphere        Frank E.       Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lancaster       Mahlon         Pvt.            15th INF
Landis          Samuel         Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Landmark        ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Landrush        ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lane            W. B.          Ltc             3rd CAV
Langan          John           Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lange           ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Langworthy      Clem           Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lankwing        ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lanman          Carey          Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lanmoyer        ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lapute          Louis          Pvt.    F       15th INF
Larius          ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Larkins         James          Pvt.    D       24th INF
Latero          James          Pvt.    E       15th INF
Lattimore       A.             Pvt.            38th INF
Lawrence        A.             Pvt.            38th INF
Lawrence        Charles E.     Pvt.    H       15th INF
Lawrence        Edward         Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Lawrence        George         Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Lawyer          George         Pvt.    K       13th INF
Layman          Joseph         Pvt.            15th INF
LaBean          Alex           Pvt.    F       15th INF
LaChymel        ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
LaRoche         Robert         Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Lea             Hamilton D.    Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Leach           Louis H.       Pvt.    D       10th INF
Leap            ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lebert          Edward                 F       15th INF
Lee             C.             Pvt.            38th INF
Lee             Elisha B.      Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lee             George         Pvt.            38th INF
Lee             John R.        Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lee             Leonard        Pvt.    D       24th INF
Lee             Samuel                 K       13th INF
Lee             Simon          Pvt.    E       15th INF
Leggett         H. F.          2Lt     H       38th INF
Leggi           John           Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Lehman          William        Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Leiner          Oscar M.       Sgt     D       15th INF
Lemke           Herman         Pvt.    B       13th INF
Lemming         Taylor         Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lenkering       William        Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lenworth        ns             Sgt     G       8th CAV
Leonard         ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lepere          Louis          Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lepere          William        Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lepice          ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lepn            ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lesnet          Louis          Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lett            Milton         Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lever           ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Levine          ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lewangan        Charles        Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lewert          ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lewis           ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lewis           Charles        Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lewis           D.             Pvt.            38th INF
Lewis           E.             Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lewis           F.             Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lewis           William B.     Sgt     K       13th INF
Leworth         Henry          Sgt     C       8th CAV
Lightcap        Edward         Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lincoln         Silas W.       Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lindsay         Ezekiel        Pvt.    K       38th INF
Linkimer        William        Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Linset          ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lions           W.             Pvt.            38th INF
Lippert         George         Pvt.    K       13th INF
Littefield      ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Little          Harry F.       Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Little          Silas          Pvt.    K       38th INF
Littlejohn      ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lloyd           James          Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lochmond        John           Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Locket          Benjamin       Pvt.    K       38th INF
Logan           Isham          Pvt.    K       38th INF
Logan           John           Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Loimming        ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lonefax         ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Long            Alois          Pvt.    B       13th INF
Long            Jackson        Cpl     K       3rd CAV
Long            Jackson        Cpl     K       3rd CAV
Lonsfing        ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lorez           ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Loring          Alto H.        Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Losjohn         ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Love            John           Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lovejoy         Charles        Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lowe            ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lowell          ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lower           Daniel         Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Loyd            William D.     Cpl     K       38th INF
Ludlow          Edward H.      Pvt.    K       3rd CAV
Luff            Edmund         2Lt     I       8th CAV
Luff            George B.      Sgt     D       13th INF
Luffy           ns             Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Lumming         ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lump            ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Lundrush        ns             Pvt.    I       8th CAV
Luning          ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lupton          Allen          Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lushmmund       ns             Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Lutes           Lewis          Pvt.    C       8th CAV
Luttinger       Joseph         Pvt.    D       10th INF
Luttman         Christian      Pvt.    G       8th CAV
Luwerat         ns             Sgt     G       8th CAV
Lynch           J.             Pvt.            15th INF
Lyons           Edward         Pvt.    K       38th INF
Lyons           George         Sgt             15th INF
Lyons           Michael        Pvt.            15th INF
Lyons           Timothy        Pvt.    B       13th INF
Lytle           Leonidas S.    Sgt     C       8th CAV

Source: Southern New Mexico Genealogical Society, Marcena Thompson, and Charles Barnum.

Fort Selden, New Mexico Troops, 1865-1891.