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Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought.
"Buffalo Soldier" is a reggae song co-written by Bob Marley and Noel G. "King Sporty" Williams from Marley's final recording sessions in 1980. It did not appear on record until the 1983 posthumous release of Confrontation, when it became a big hit and one of Marley's best-known songs. The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as "Buffalo Soldiers", that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.
Many Jamaicans, especially Rastafarians like Marley, identified with the "Buffalo Soldiers" as an example of black men who performed with exceeding courage, honour, valour, and distinction in a field that was dominated by whites and persevered despite endemic racism and prejudice.
Buffalo Soldier Memorial in El Paso, in Fort Bliss, depicting CPL John Ross, I Troop, 9th Cavalry, during an encounter in the Guadalupe Mountains during the Indian Wars.
Buffalo Soldier Monument on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Buffalo Soldier Monument at F. E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming
The Buffalo soldiers were the first Black Union Army that the white military of mid 1800's trained to fight against the Indians. Many whites did not want to fight in the very hostel areas of the west. So they recruited freed slaves to fight in those areas. The 9th Cavalry was the first followed by the 10th Cavalry. The Name "Buffalo Soldier"; Named by the Indians partly because of the Negro's dark skin and hair which to them looked like Buffalo hair ... Many a young officer cut their teeth serving with the Buffalo Soldiers, some went on to become famous, like John J. "Black Jack" Pershing who served with the Tenth Cavalry as a young lieutenant. And the rest is history........... Their history goes right up into WW2 where the Buffalo soldiers help fight against Nazi Germany and helped win the war.... Just look up Buffalo Soldiers in any history area on the web if you wish to know more about their history which is a true part of American history as well.
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