African Americans have fought in military conflicts since colonial days. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.
Once the Westward movement had begun, prominent among those blazing treacherous trails of the Wild West were the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Army. These African Americans were charged with and responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds, and railroad crews.
“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.”
Buffalo Soldiers – West Point, NY
2022 Sgt. Matthews & Cpl. Wilson Cavalry Run
Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4, 2022