THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS: A Narrative of the Negro 9th and 10th Cavalry in the American West in the late 1800s. Negro soldiers who wanted to remain in the U.S. Army after the Civil War were organized into the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. Dubbed the "Buffalo Soldiers", their service in controlling hostile Indians on the Great Plains during the next 20 years was as invaluable as it was unrecognized. This is their detailed and exciting history. By William H. Leckie.
The regiments, commanded by white officers and operating under intense disadvantages - difficulty in obtaining officers; prejudicial treatment by higher army officials concerning equipment, assignments, and camp policy; and prejudice in frontier towns - nevertheless developed into remarkable fighting units during their extensive engagements on the Southern Plains.
Called all sorts of names - most of them insulting - by various groups, the men of these two regiments were dubbed "buffalo soldiers" by their Indian opponents. They were proud of this title, and the most prominent feature of the Tenth Cavalry's regimental crest was the figure of a buffalo. The long-neglected story of their courage and devotion to duty adds a new dimension to frontier history.
"A valuable epiece of research in Negro history. The proud story of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry has too long been hidden . . .. Leckie's story unfolds another chapter, . . . a major contribution to reversing the bleached-out writing of the history of the West." - Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"Good use of primary materials . . . .by far the best book available on this subject." - New Mexico Historical Review
290 pages, photos, maps.
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