Jon Covington: Saluting Buffalo Soldiers on their 150th anniversary

Jon Covington

Jon Covington

‘Ready and Forward!” and “We Can, We Will!” These were the unit mottoes of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Regiments that were the home to black soldiers serving in the United States Army after the Civil War. These black military men became known as the “The Buffalo Soldiers,” and they played a huge part in settling the American West and helping Arizona obtain statehood.

According to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the distinctive nickname originated with the Cheyenne warriors in the winter of 1867. The actual Cheyenne translation was “Wild Buffalo.” However, writer Walter Hill documented the assertions of Col. Benjamin Grierson, commander of the 10th Cavalry regiment, who recalled an 1871 campaign against the Comanche tribe.


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