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“Said he was a Buffalo Soldier
Win the war for America;
Buffalo soldier, Dreadlock Rasta,
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival;
Driven from the mainland to the heart of the Caribbean.” -Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley (recorded 1978)-– The Buffalo Soldiers of post-war Texas are among the most fascinating and least well known, least celebrated, military heroes. In 1866, the U.S. Congress authorised six regiments of African American troops, two of cavalry, four of infantry, for the U.S. Army. By the 1890s Buffalo Soldiers comprised 20 percent of America’s frontier cavalry and performed exemplary service within the military.
The name “Buffalo Soldiers” was said to be respectfully given by Native Americans who said the tightly curled hair of the soldiers reminded them of the curly hair on a buffalo’s fur - whist others, said it was the buffalo fur coats they wore. The Native Americans revered bison, and Buffalo Soldiers proudly featured a bison on their regimental crest.
Posing with ease, he leans on a buffalo hide with silver gun on his waist.The buffalo soldier uniform consisted of blue wool, single breasted jacket with gold buttons (yellow facings indicate the coat was worn by a member of the cavalry), wool waist coat, white vest, sky blue wool trousers with yellow side stripe, wool felt hat and white gloves.
Bob Marley memorialised their plight by linking his lyrics to injustice the song has since become a symbol of resistance.
1st pic of an unidentified soldier c. 1870-80
2ndpic. Non-commissioned officers from Troop L of the 9th Cavalry, or “Buffalo Soldiers,” are shown at Ft. Wingate, N.M., in c. 1899. Photo by Imperial Photo Gallery, courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.
3rd. Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry, some wearing buffalo robes, Ft. Keogh, Montana in c.1890 - thank you for your service 🙏🏾
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