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The Forgotten Heroes: The Story Of The Buffalo Soldiers
by Clinton Cox
Recounts the history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, comprised of African American soldiers recruited to open the West to settlers and whose deeds included escorting wagon trains, carrying mail, and fighting battles against Native Americans.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Scholastic Paperbacks
(first published 1993)
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During the American Civil War several black regiments served in the Union Army. During the post-war cutbacks Congress authorized the establishment of two black cavalry and four black infantry regiments. Only the two cavalry regiments [ 9th and 10 US Cavalry] could truly called buffalo soldiers. Today many use the term more loosely to refer to all six regiments. Eighteen black soldiers and two white officers from these six regiments won the Congressional Medal of Honor during the last half of the ...more
This is a fast paced book, written mainly for upper elementary students. It gives a good history of African American soldiers in the US Army during the Indian Wars. The story brings out how poorly Native Americans and African Americans have been treated through this nation's history.