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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbIt is incredible sometimes to see how some groups can take sour lemons and end up with lemonade. One such group that accomplished this transformation was the Buffalo Soldiers. During the Civil War, they were designated as the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and made up about a tenth of the manpower of the Union Army. They distinguished themselves in battle. Following the end of the Civil War, the Congress created the 10th Cavalry Regiment as one of the permanent units of the Army.


They fought bravely during the Indian Wars in the west. Their fierceness as solders led the Cheyenne to refer to them as Buffalo Soldiers, derived from one Black soldiers fighting off 70 Indians by himself until help came. The Indians referred to him as the type of soldier who "who had fought like a cornered buffalo; who like a buffalo had suffered wound after wound, yet had not died; and who like a buffalo had a thick and shaggy mane of hair.” They fought as separate units until President Harry Truman issued an order that integrated the military services.

These fighting Black units distinguished themselves whenever they entered combat just as the Tuskegee Airmen did during World War II. The earned many medals, including a substantial number of Congressional Medals of Honor for their distinguished bravery. During the early post-Civil War period, these newly freed Black men did well to demonstrate their ability to fight just as well as the white units; they still suffered inequality and were looked at as second class citizens and soldiers. They were NOT!

But, now is the time to proceed to our exploration of these Buffalo Soldier units and see why they deserve our praise, respect, and equality… GLB

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Quotations Related to Buffalo Solders:


“Race lines must be obliterated in the South, and the old theory of the natural inferiority of the Negro must give way to the demonstration of Negro capacity.”
— George Washington Williams

“In the 1920s and 1930s, as black newspapers and civil-rights groups anxiously monitored the process, soldiers from the four regiments were increasingly used as laborers and service troops.”
— Buffalo Soldiers, Handbook of Texas Online

“None of the buffalo soldier regiments went to France during World War I, though they provided a cadre of experienced noncommissioned officers to other black units that did go into combat.”
— Buffalo Soldiers, Handbook of Texas Online

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These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2010 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to SOLDIERS

“A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.”
— Georg C. Lichtenberg

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”
— Thomas Paine

“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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