1904 recognizance for appearance before court, 14 x 8 ½, original Bench Warrant by United States Court in the Indian Territory, Southern District.  Edwin Johnson brought to court on weapons charge, appeared in  the United States Court in the Indian Territory at Ada, by U.S. Marshall B.H. Colbert

U.S. marshal Bynum Colbert, who worked for the Fort Smith, Arkansas federal court, was a Choctaw Freedman, a black man,  had a lengthy record as a lawman in Arkansas and the Indian Territory . It is believed he was born in 1850 in Kiamitia County, Choctaw Nation. Colbert’s mother’s name was Easter Colbert a slave to Sim Folsom; she died in 1865. His father’s name was Ben Colbert, a slave owned by a widow woman named M. McGilberry and lived in Skullyville County in the Choctaw Nation.  In 1863 Colbert went to Fort Gibson, I.T. and enlisted in the 2nd Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment and he was transferred to Little Rock, Arkansas. The Regiment was later given a new designation as the 54th United Stated Colored Troops Regiment (U.S.C.T.). He later enlisted in the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Arbuckle, Indian Territory, on February 7, 1867. He said he served with the U.S. army up until 1872 when he settled in Skullyville, Choctaw Nation. At this time, started working as a deputy U.S. marshal under Colonel Needles.  Bynum Colbert was a deputy constable for the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas in the early 1880s. This would make him one of the first if not the first African American policeman for Fort Smith. Colbert was also one of the earliest black deputy U.S. marshals to work for the Western District of Arkansas federal court. In May of 1884, Bynum Colbert was a deputy constable in Fort Smith and also serving as a federal posseman.

Two sided part imprinted document, exhibits some minor use and wear, overall Fine.

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