b. 1843 Florida. d. 01/01/1877 Texas.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 26/09/1874 Red River, Texas.
Paine enlisted in the Army at Fort Duncan, Texas in November 1873, and joined other Black Seminoles known as the "Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts". From September 26, to September 27, 1874, he was serving as a private in Texas at Blanco Canyon, a tributary of the Red River, where he participated in an engagement. Paine "[r]endered invaluable service to Col. R. S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry, during this engagement." A year later, on October 13, 1875, Private Paine was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Blanco Canyon.
Paine was shot to death on New Year's Day 1877 by a fellow Medal of Honor recipient, Claron A. Windus, deputy sheriff of Brackettville, Texas, who was attempting to arrest Paine as a murder suspect.
Rendered invaluable service to Col. R. S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry, during this engagement.
BURIAL LOCATION: SEMINOLE INDIAN SCOUT CEMETERY, BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS.
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