Buffalo Soldiers 1866- 91 by Ron Field

By Ron Field

African-American squaddies performed a decisive function within the US military at the western frontier in the course of the Plains Wars. First authorized via Congress in July 1866, they have been organised into cavalry and 4 infantry regiments, that have been commanded by way of white officials. All have been quick nicknamed the 'Buffalo squaddies' through their Cheyenne and Comanche enemies. those courageous infantrymen fought many local tribes through the years, together with the soldiers of Sitting Bull and Geronimo. This e-book tells the tale of those buffalo squaddies who, till the early Eighteen Nineties, constituted 20 in line with cent of all energetic forces on accountability within the American West.

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Some of the Indians halted and opened fire from across the river upon Benteen's men as they appeared on the skyline, but the range was too great and the shots fell harmlessly at their feet. Drawing pistols, Benteen's men trotted forward towards Reno's improvised defensive position on the hilltop. ' Many of Reno's party, including Reno, were obviously overwrought. Some were firing their revolvers aimlessly at Indians out of range thousands of yards away. A subaltern of K Troop, however, seemed cool enough.

Lee passed out of West Point into the Engineers. Later he was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Cavalry and in the Civil War was Commanderin-Chief of the Confederate forces in the East. the 1st Cavalry and been a member of a commission of American officers which toured Europe and visited the scene of the Crimean War. S. Army for its mounted troops. The 'McClellan Saddle' remained standard equipment until the horse cavalry was abolished in 1942. 3. General McClellan, who led the Union forces in the Peninsular and Antietam campaigns had served in 4.

Some who were taken prisoner escaped to rejoin the regiment days later; others were captured, and several of the badly wounded, including Major Ormond, died in captivity and were buried by the Chinese, who to the Americans' surprise treated their captives much more humanely than the North Koreans had done. Altogether, the 8th Cavalry lost more than half its authorized strength at Unsan, and a great share of its equipment; but its men had fought there in accordance with the great traditions of the Cavalry arm.

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