More Than Just a Song
Painting of Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier
The Buffalo Soldiers were a legendary group of Black soldiers who served in the US Army following the American Civil War. Established in 1866 as a result of the Reconstruction Era, which saw the integration of African Americans into the U.S. military for the first time. The term "Buffalo Soldiers" is said to have been given to them by Native American tribes, who they often skirmished with, referred to the black cavalry troops as "buffalo soldiers" because of their dark, curly hair, which resembled a buffalo's coat and because of their fierce nature of fighting.
Two 10th Cavalrymen getting their portrait taken
The 9th and 10th Cavalry were two of the ten regiments in the military, and they were the only two all-black regiments. Serving in WWI, WWII, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, played an extremely pivotal role in US expansion out west
They were a key component of the U.S. military presence in the Western United States, providing security and protection for settlers, explorers, and natural resources in the region. The Buffalo Soldiers also made important contributions to the Pacific Northwest. They were some of the first groups of black settlers in the what is now known as the state of Washington and Oregon.
Group of soldiers ready for battle in the Civil War
In the Pacific Northwest, the Buffalo Soldiers were instrumental in maintaining order in the region. In addition to their role as protectors, the Buffalo Soldiers also made important contributions to the development of the region, helping construct roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that allowed for increased settlement and commerce in the region. They also played a crucial role in the protection of the region's natural resources, such as forests and wildlife, from exploitation and destruction.
Cathay Williams 1866: Female buffalo soldier who disguised herself as male in order to serve.
Despite facing racial discrimination and prejudice, the Buffalo Soldiers remained committed to their duties and served with distinction. Their contributions to the Western Region and the United States as a whole helped lay the foundation for the development of the area and set an example of bravery and patriotism that continues to inspire all those who live in America to this day.
Seattle Buffalo Soldiers riding, led by their President Geordan Newbill.
The Buffalo Soldiers were an important part of the history of the Pacific Northwest and the United States. Their bravery, dedication, and contributions helped shape the region and set the stage for its continued development and growth. They are a true testament to the courage and strength, and their legacy continues to inspire and inspire generations of people to come.