Buffalo soldiers and officers of the Ninth Cavalry, by Charles L. Kenner

By Charles L. Kenner

The inclusion of the 9th Cavalry and 3 different African American regiments within the post–Civil struggle military was once one of many nation’s so much troublesome social experiments. the 1st fifteen years following its association in 1866 have been stained by means of mutinies, slanderous verbal attacks, and sadistic abuses via their officials. finally, a few thoughtful and devoted officials and noncommissioned officials created an elite and well-disciplined combating unit that gained the dignity of all however the such a lot racist whites.

Charles L. Kenner’s specific biographies of officials and enlisted males describe the passions, aspirations, and conflicts that either certain blacks and white jointly and pulled them aside. certain awareness is given to the ordeals of 3 black officials assigned to the 9th: Lieutenants John Alexander and Charles younger and Chaplain Henry Plummer. the themes of those biographies—blacks and whites alike—represent each aspect of human nature. the simplest realized that growth may simply be completed via belief and cooperation.

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It is ironic that such men as Brent Woods, Emanuel Stance, and George Lyman can be portrayed in more depth than others not so much because of their considerable merits as because of their inability to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, men such as First Sergeants George Mason and Madison Ingoman performed their tasks so smoothly that the primary attestation to their worth is found in the record compiled by their troops. One marvels at the perfection that marked everything that a George Mason did, but there is little information concerning his thoughts and aspirations.

A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v CONTENTS List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction 3 Part One. The Regiment and Its Commander 1. All That Soldiers Should Be 9 2. The Colonel of the Buffaloes 30 Part Two. Years of Crisis 3. Victory, Slander, and Doubt: The Image of the Ninth Cavalry, 186681 53 4. E. M. Heyl, the Genteel Racist of San Pedro Springs 72 5. "Hoodoos" and Kangaroo Courts: The "Near Mutiny" at Fort Stockton 83 6. "Humpy" Jackson, Racist Killer and Folk Hero of the San Saba 92 7.

Despite Cavanaugh's ineptness, the troopers were undoubtedly pleased by his participation. 36 Rivaling baseball in popularity were track and field contests, a regular feature of holiday celebrations. The most hotly contested events matched athletes from different regiments. In these the buffalo soldiers demonstrated that they were as adept on foot as in the saddle. In May 1890 the officers at Fort Leavenworth organized a "hare and hound" race over a nine-mile course across the rolling countryside.

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