Jones MorganWas a Buffalo SoldierRICHMOND, Va. -- Jones...


September 01, 1993

RICHMOND, VA. — Jones Morgan

Was a Buffalo Soldier

RICHMOND, Va. -- Jones Morgan, 110, a member of the Buffalo Soldiers -- the famous black cavalry unit that fought in the Spanish-American War -- died Sunday of kidney failure in a hospital here.

Mr. Morgan, whose energy often belied his years, was part of the unit that joined Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in their charge up Cuba's San Juan Hill in 1898.

"The old soldier rode off into the sunset one last time," family friend Lossie Winters said.

Congress created the black units -- the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry regiments -- from the ranks of the U.S. Colored Troops of the Civil War. They fought Indians, led wagon trains and kept order in western towns. The units were segregated until the 1940s.

The soldiers earned their nickname from Indians because of their big coats, curly hair and fierce fighting style, said Bill Hunter, historian of the 24th Regiment Association. Black troops carried on the tradition of the Buffalo Soldiers. The 92nd Airborne took up the nickname during the Korean War.

Mr. Morgan was born to freed slaves on a Newberry County, S.C., farm on Oct. 23, 1882, the 14th of 15 children. When he was 15, he ran off and joined the 9th Cavalry and spent two years with the unit. He watched as Buffalo Soldiers joined the Rough Riders in their famous charge on July 1, 1898.

"They used me for domestic stuff. Anything they needed fixing in the place, they sent me," he told the Associated Press in a 1991 interview.

In the past three years, Mr. Morgan met with Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former President Bush.

Richard Jordan

Award-winning actor


LOS ANGELES -- Richard Jordan, 56, an award-winning actor and director whose career spanned film, television and the stage, died Monday of a brain tumor.

Mr. Jordan won a Golden Globe as best actor in the mid-1970s television miniseries "Captains and Kings," playing a poor immigrant who rose to prominence in Taylor Caldwell's tale of an Irish dynasty in America.

He made his film debut in "Lawman" in 1970. He went on to do such films as Woody Allen's "Interiors," "Rooster Cogburn," "Raise the Titanic," "A Flash of Green," "Dune," "The Mean Season," "Romero," "The Hunt for Red October," "Shout" and "Posse."

He became ill last spring and had to be replaced in "The Fugitive."

His television productions include "The Bunker," "Les Miserables," "The Murder of Mary Phagan," "Breakdown," "The Equalizer" and "Killer Angels."

His latest project, which he helped to write, was the television epic "Gettysburg," scheduled to be shown on TNT in October.

On stage, he appeared in more than 100 plays on and off Broadway and spent eight years with the New York Shakespeare Festival.

* Dorian Corey,Dorian Corey, 56, a star of the documentary "Paris Is Burning," the award-winning film about female impersonators, died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome Sunday at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan. After "Paris Is Burning," Mr. Corey established himself as an older, wiser and wryly unflappable observer of drag life as well as a carefully put-together participant in it.

* Norman J. Zeiler,Norman J. Zeiler, 85, the retired owner of Blassport Ltd. -- the manufacturer and distributor of Bill Blass women's sportswear -- and a longtime contributor to charities, died from complications following a stroke Friday at his summer home in Westhampton, N.Y.

* Carmine Cincotta,Carmine Cincotta, 41, an Emmy Award-winning TV sports producer, died Thursday of Hodgkin's disease in New York. Mr. Cincotta, who worked for all three local network affiliates, was honored eight times with Emmy Awards.

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