The Buffalo Soldier

Posted February 22, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

February is Black History month in the U.S., where we celebrate and remember the past and present achievements of African-Americans.

In 1866, to help rebuild the country after the Civil War, the United States Congress established the first peacetime all-black regiment in the U.S. Army to help patrol the western frontier. About 6,000 African Americans were recruited into six regiments: 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry Regiments. The last four were later merged into the 24th and 25th infantry.

According to some stories, the name “Buffalo Soldier” was given to the cavalry men by the Native Americans tribes they fought because of their resemblance to the dark, curly-haired buffalo that roamed the plains. In total, 23 Buffalo Soldiers received the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars. Did you know they were also among the first national park rangers in the Sierra Nevada?

We remember these soldiers not only for their bravery in combat, but also for their enduring commitment and honor to stand in service to the United States despite facing discrimination and segregation.

Today, over 400 Buffalo Soldiers are buried at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presido.

Have you seen the Buffalo Soldier project on Geni?

The purpose of this project is to research the black soldiers who served in the U.S. Army in the 1860′s, to create their Geni profiles, and to follow their families forward to today. This project will focus on the soldiers of the 9th & 10th Cavalry and of the 24th & 25th Infantry Regiments.

Join the Buffalo Soldiers project and help connect these brave soldiers to Geni’s World Family Tree.

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  • Buffalo Soldier 9

    Keep history alive and well by telling that history:

    Read the epic novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, where Buffalo Bill Cody meets a Buffalo Soldier, the greatest epic ‘novel’ ever written. A great story of Black Military History, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers…5 stars Amazon internationally, and Barnes & Noble. The website is; Youtube commercials are: and

    Rescue at Pine Ridge is the epic story of the 9th Cavalry from its Congressional conception in 1866, to the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, 1890. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of occurred, a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, bravery, gallantry, reprisal, heroism, valor and redemption.

    I know you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote the story that embodied the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black Soldiers, from the east to the west, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

    The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has the interest of major actors in which we are in talks with, in starring in this epic American story.

    When you get a chance, also please visit Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see the other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the United States Postal System in Montana, in the 1890′s, “spread the word”.