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Re: Buffalo Soldier Units Serve the West

Sharon, Tom and Others,

Has anyone run across any document indicating whether or not the Black Regulars during the 1800s and early 1900s considered the term "Buffalo Soldier" derogatory or a term of honor?

Reason for the query -- A few years ago I assisted a friend in researching and retrieving records at the National Archives on numerous soldiers who served in the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, ie; service, pension, and unit records. The term "Buffalo Soldier" or "Buffalo Soldiers" was never listed on any of the numerous records I reviewed, not even on the narratives written by some of the Non-commissioned officers. Some of these documents were dated as late as 1912-1915.

The depositions/affidavits by others usually stated, "he was a soldier in the 10th Cavalry" or "he served in the 10th Cavalry", etc.

By the way I have heard five or six versions of how the name "Buffalo Soldiers" came about.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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