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Re: Buffalo Soldier Units Serve the West

Sharon,

You are correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I also have a problem with the following sentence, "Their Cheyenne and Comanche adversaries on the plains soon dubbed the mounted troopers "Buffalo soldiers."

The 10th Cavalry was organized at Fort Leavenworth and later moved to Fort Riley.

There are a number of other flaws in the article.

By the way the article mentions Col. Benjamin Grierson as being a hero of the Civil War which is true - so was Col. Edward Hatch. In fact, Colonel Hatch (a Brevet Brigadier General) wrote the letter to Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest demanding that he surrender all Confederate forces under his command.

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[HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Eastport, Miss., May 5, 1865.

Lieut. Gen. N. B. FORREST:
I am directed by the major-general commanding Department of the Cumberland to demand the surrender of all Confederate forces under your command on the same terms given to Generals Lee and Johnston by General Grant, viz:

Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer as you may designate, the officers to give their individual paroles not to take arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their command; the arms, artillery, and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers or the private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, and not to be disturbed by the U.S. authorities so long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside.

If these terms are accepted, send an officer to Baldwyn or Eastport to arrange final preliminaries. Answer by bearer of these dispatches.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD HATCH,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.]

SOURCE: Official Records


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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