Isaac Payne, or Isaac Paine, (1854–1904) was a Black Seminole who served as a United States Army Indian Scout and received America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.
|Died||1904 (aged 49–50)|
|Place of burial|
Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery Brackettville, Texas
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1871 - 1876, 1877 - 1901|
|Unit||Black Seminole Scouts, 24th Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Indian Wars|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Payne and other Black Seminoles enlisted in the army October 1871 and became known as one of the Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts. On April 25, 1875, he was serving as a trumpeter by the Pecos River in Texas where, "[w]ith 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol." A month later, on May 28, 1875, Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the engagement. Two of the other men who took part in the charge, Pompey Factor and John Ward, both Black Seminoles, also received Medals of Honor.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Trumpeter, Indian Scouts. Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., April 25, 1875. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Mexico. Date of issue: May 28, 1875.
With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.
- "Isaac Payne". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- "Indian War Period Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2005-04-19. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
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