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Re: Character and characters
In Response To: Re: Winners, Part 4 ()

Hello, Tom and Bennie it is always good to here from you both. Reference to the term Buffalo Soldier being used this is from the SF newspaper published in 1903 the person who wrote the article uses the term Buffalo Soldier it seems to me that the term had been known and in use or why would it be used maybe he made it up!“May 3, 1903: promptly at 2:30 PM a train arrives at the Third and Twonsend street terminal of the Southern Pacfic Railroad. Masses of humanity cheer and factory whistles blow all anticipanting the arrival of the dinguished guest. San Francisco mayor Schmitz and M.H. De Young, chairman of the welcoming committee, greet the vistor with short speeches. Already 15 minutes behind schedule, the guest and entourage march into Third Street, where the crowd erupts, eagerly pressing against the wire cable barrier strung along the street. Lining the street, and flanking several carriages, set two troops of soldiers on horseback. The soldiers appear not in resplent dress uniforms, but seemingly in their normal working clothes fatigue dress, pillbox-style caps, and white canvas leggings. The command forward is given; the clattering hooves of the cavalry escort mixed with the rumbling wheels of the carriages is almost drowned out by the enthusiastic crowed and the Army Band’s lively tune as the party travels up 3rd street. these soldiers are members of the 9th Cavalry, 3rd Squadron, Troops I and M, and their duty is both honorable and unique. They are serving as “Guard of Honor and Presidential Escort, for the distinguished guest is Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States , and the troopers serving in this escort are “Buffalo Soldiers” black cavalry troopers. This is the first time that black cavalry soldiers have served as an escort of honor for a U.S. President.”

Always my best Regards


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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