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Re: Ninteenth Century Black Military Heroes

Thanx so very very much for the distinctions, Bennie.


My knowledge of the African American in the military, as distinguished by name, is lacking. It wasn't until I got into genealogy that I became aware of the USCT. My knowledge of the Buffalo Soldier melded and morphed all Black servicemen into the Buffalo soldier.

Bennie you may recall my asking you so many many years ago to help me document an incident I remember as a 12 year old in Anniston, Alabama. The 92nd Division ( or some portion) was stationed at Ft Mc Clellan. Those of us in the community referred to them as the Buffalo Soldiers. (locals still do. In any event a racial incident involving a serviceman caused all of the Black soldiers from the fort to group and parade to the main street in Anniston. This was in defiance of the behavior of local law enforcement. My recall is that they ( the servicemen) had a Buffalo as a mascot who was also in the middle of the parade. My fading memory says that those Black troops were dispatched without ceremony to Fort Huachuca (sp) in Arizona.

I am now motivated to search the archives of the local press to see what I learn about that. Will report my findings.

I am glad to have you (Bennie), the participants in this forum and the windows of learning that the Military Forum provides for all of us.

Thanx a bunch for the learning!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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