Did you know… The Buffalo Soldiers were borne of an experiment to utilize black soldiers to bolster the Army’s ranks in the aftermath of the Civil War. It has been said that after the fierce Civil War, it was not hard to recruit soldiers, but it was definitely hard to get good ones.
According to published journals and memoirs of army officers, no detachment of Buffalo Soldiers ever bolted under fire or failed to do its duty. Their desertion rate was among the lowest in the entire Army.
The famed group of black troopers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry regiments protected settlers, pioneers and the interests of the United States as the nation continued its westward expansion in the late 19th century. In 1866, the 9th Cavalry Regiment was formed in Greenville, La. The 10th Cavalry Regiment followed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Initially, the units, which were led by white officers, trained in squalor. But they quickly proved their mettle, gaining a reputation as some of the toughest and hardest-fighting units in the Army. They did so despite encountering racism from the very people they were charged with protecting.
Various Buffalo Soldier regiments served at Fort Bliss, Texas, and at forts in southern New Mexico from 1869 to 1885. The Buffalo Soldiers were awarded many Medals of Honor for actions during the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and World War I.
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