“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Buffalo Soldiers

Huntsville, AL

Buffalo Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 24, 2014
1. Buffalo Soldiers Marker
South side
Inscription. (south side)
After the Civil War, the future of African-Americans in the United States Army was in doubt. In July 1866, Congress passed legislation establishing two cavalry and four infantry regiments to be made up of African-American soldiers. The mounted regiments (9th and 10th Cavalries) conducted campaigns against Native-American tribes on the Western Frontier, where they were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” by Native-Americans. Their service also included subduing Mexican revolutionaries, outlaws, and rustlers, and building frontier outposts, roads and telegraph lines. In 1898, the Buffalo Soldiers were sent to Cuba to participate in the Spanish-American War. They fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt in the charge up San Juan Hill.
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(north side)
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After the Buffalo Soldiers finished service in the Spanish-American War, one of the four regiments returned to the U.S., serving first in New York and then in Huntsville. They were sent to Huntsville's Monte Sano to escape the scourge of yellow fever and to recuperate from wounds and other diseases they brought back from the war. After an incident between black and white soldiers, African-American and white troops were separated. The Buffalo
Buffalo Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 24, 2014
2. Buffalo Soldiers Marker
North side
Soldiers were moved to what is now known as 10th Cavalry Hill, named by the residents of the area.
Erected 2014 by Alabama Historical Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. 34° 44.279′ N, 86° 36.648′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Avenue NW and Yukon Street NW, on the right when traveling west on Poplar Avenue NW. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Academy for Academics and Arts. A larger monument to the Buffalo Soldiers stands nearby. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 Poplar Avenue NW, Huntsville AL 35816, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Passenger Depot (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County (approx. 1.3 miles away); World War II - Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) (approx. 1.3 miles away); Korean War/1950-1953 (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1959-1975/Vietnam War/Vietnam War (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cold War-Global 1945-/ Cold War-Germany 1945-1990
Buffalo Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 24, 2014
3. Buffalo Soldiers Marker
Looking north from the road intersection.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Gulf War-1991/War on Terrorism (approx. 1.3 miles away); ETO 1939-1945/PTO 1941-1945 (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Categories. African AmericansNative AmericansWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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