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Re: Seeking Information on the 9th Calvary in 1900
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San Juan Heights was attacked by 8000 troops, of which 1,250 were Black. These Black troops who represented the 9th & 10th Cavalry and the 24th Infantry Regiment were a part of Brig. Gen. Kentís 1st Division and the dismounted Cavalry Division. This force attacked both San Juan and Kettle Hills. The Hill of question is Kettle not San Juan. The nature of the assault on Kettle caused the attacking force to mix and intermingle, (Sgt. Berry of the 10th Cavalry rescued and carried the colors of the White 3rd Cavalry up the Hill along with his regiments own standard). The combat for the Kettle Hill was not of a segregated nature, it was in fact very integrated, in that Black troopers fought side by side with their White counterparts. The Black Regiments were not thrust to the front to be decimated so that White units could pass through to victory with minimal causalities. Witnesses record the assault as so chaotic, (the assault lines and regiments began to intermingle) that the regiments were indistinguishable from each other on the field that day during the attack.
The force that crested the Hill, were a mix of Black and white Regulars and T.R.ís Rough Riders.
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