“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jonesborough in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder

Circa 1849 - 1917

Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 26, 2009
1. Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder Marker
Inscription. On July 1, 1898, Lt. Ray planted the United States flag on San Juan Hill, Cuba, amid a hail of enemy bullets during the Spanish-American War. For his heroic courage in action, Ray received a battlefield promotion. He served in the U.S. Army from 1872 to 1903, first in the Indian Wars as a Buffalo Soldier (10th U.S. Cavalry, Colored), later in Cuba and the Philippines. Born a slave on the Ray farm near Jonesboro, he purchased Woodrow Avenue property in 1904. Alfred M. Ray is buried in College Hill Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 109.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. 36° 17.492′ N, 82° 28.516′ W. Marker is in Jonesborough, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is on S. 2nd Ave.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesborough TN 37659, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Abolition Publications (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christopher Taylor House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chester Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jacob Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jonesborough (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alfred Eugene Jackson (approx. mile away); Warner Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jonesboro: Oldest Town in Tennessee (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jonesborough.
Categories. MilitaryWar, Spanish-AmericanWars, US Indian
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