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Buffalo Soldiers

 

During the Civil War, over  186,000 African-Americans served in the Union Armies, fighting for their freedom.  After the war ended, the United States army formed four infantry and two Cavalry regiments which were made up of black soldiers who had fought in the war, and new recruits to be trained for possible future conflicts.  Black men enlisted in the army for the same reason they sought work as cowhands, to make a living, and in this case, get an education while earning the respect they deserved as American citizens.

The 24th, 25th , 38th , 39th, 40th and 41st Infantry regiments and the 9th, and 10th Cavalry regiments were stationed in the south-western Plains, where the Indian wars were taking place.  The 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments were referred to as "Buffalo Soldiers" by the Comanche and Cheyenne Indians , out of respect for their bravery, and worthiness as adversaries.

 Ted Ellis - Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers

 In addition to fighting off Native-American attackers who conducted raids on encampments and livestock, the Buffalo Soldiers were instrumental in fending off attacks by mercenaries, cattle rustlers, and Mexican revolutionaries.  Everything from small settlements to railway construction lines were targets in need of protection.  In addition to displaying their skills as military men, the Buffalo soldiers also helped map the American frontier, build and rebuild military outposts, and set up telegraph lines.

Since this site is above all, about the life and times of Nat Love, and he wasn't a Buffalo soldier, that's all we'll cover for now.  The story of the buffalo soldiers only serves as parallel to the illustrious accomplishments of Mr. Love, who also fought against Indian attackers during the cattle drives.  If you wish to know more about Buffalo soldiers, visit www.buffalosoldiers.net.


Excerpts from the electronic edition of The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" by Himself; a True History of  Slavery Days, Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains of the "Wild and Woolly" West, Based on Facts, and Personal Experiences of the Author, are the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The full electronic edition, which also includes original illustrations of this text may be viewed here. All other text and graphics on this website are 2002 http://www.natlove.com Send mail to webmaster@natlove.com
Last modified: October 18, 2002