Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Buffalo Soldiers Visit
The Buffalo Soldier Story
“Ready and Forward….We Can and We Will”
The United States" authorized the formation of two regiments of cavalry composed of "colored" men. One was called the 9th Cavalry Regiment which was activated at Greenville, Louisiana, and the 10th Cavalry Regiment which was activated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas during the Civil War. Both regiments were trained and equipped with horses and began a long and proud history.
For over two decades, the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments conducted campaigns against American Indian tribes on a Western Frontier that extended from Montana in the Northwest to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the Southwest. They engaged in several skirmishes against such great Indian Chiefs as Victorio, Geronimo, and Nana. "Buffalo Soldiers" was the name given the black cavalrymen by the Plains Indians. Reason for the name is uncertain. Since Indians held the buffalo in such high regard, it was felt that the name was not given in contempt.
When not engaged in combat with Indians, both regiments built forts and roads, installed telegraph lines, located water holes, escorted wagon trains and cattle drives, rode "Shotgun" on stagecoach and mail runs, and protected settlers from renegade Indians, outlaws, and Mexican revolutionaries. Elements of both regiments fought in Cuba during the War with Spain and participated in the famous charge on San Juan Hill.
Today, the Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle National Organization pays respect to the first black cavalry who was ready to fight for America. The Buffalo Soldiers will visit the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center on Saturday January 15, 2011 prior to riding in the Augusta Martin Luther King Parade.