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Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier. First African American graduate of West Point First African American officer Posted to the 10 th U.S. Calvary. Henry O. Flipper. 10 th Calvary 3 rd African American graduate of West Point Highest ranking African American Officer of his time.

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henry o flipper
First African American graduate of West Point

First African American officer

Posted to the 10th U.S. Calvary

Henry O. Flipper
lieutenant colonel charles young
10th Calvary

3rd African American graduate of West Point

Highest ranking African American Officer of his time.

1916

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young
cathay williams
A slave from Independence, MO

Enlisted into the army after serving as a cook during the Civil War

Discharged after discovered a woman

Denied disability and pension

Cathay Williams
augustus walley
Former slave from Maryland

Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Augustus Walley
colonel grierson
Colonel Grierson
  • Colonel of the 10th Cavalry
  • Promoted to BrigadiereGeneral shortly before he retired
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Colonel Grierson

As pictured in

Harper’s Weekly,

1863 after a successful Civil War campaign in Louisiana

disbanded
Disbanded
  • The 9th and 10th Calvaries were disbanded in WWII, but “Buffalo Soldiers” continued to serve until the last segregated unit that fought in the Korean War.
  • In 2005, Mark Matthews died at the age of 111 as the oldest Buffalo Soldier.
who remains
Who remains?
  • Dr. William H. Waddell IV by some accounts, was the last living Buffalo Soldier.
impact
Frederick Jackson Turner wrote that westward movement created a series of frontiers. Here Boone leads settlers to Kentucky, Turner's first frontier. Source: "Daniel Boone leading settlers through the Cumberland Gap." Painting by George Caleb Bingham at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Impact
impact cont
White accounts of western settlement show a white heroin and Indians as aggressors

What have you learned about Buffalo Soldiers that might make a different hero?

Source: 100 Posters of Buffalo Bill's Wild West by Jack Rennert.

Impact cont. . .
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Junction City, KS

Ft. Bliss, TX

Ft. Leavenworth, KS

Cheyenne, WY