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Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers”

May 14th – June 7, 1898

 
 
Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry,"Buffalo Soldiers" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 13, 2018
1. Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry,"Buffalo Soldiers" Marker
Inscription.  The 10th Cavalry, one of four all black regiments in the regular army at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, camped at this site on the shore of Lake Wire in the spring of 1898 while awaiting transport to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War. The black regiments gained renown and the nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” as a result of their exploits in campaigns against the American Indians on the western frontier. The forward elements of the 10th cavalry arrived in Lakeland on May 14 and established a camp on Lake Wire. Here they remained until June 7 when they left for Cuba.
 
Erected 2000 by City of Lakeland.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, Spanish-American. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 28° 2.907′ N, 81° 57.604′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of West Peachtree Street and North Virginia Avenue, on the left when traveling west on West Peachtree Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lakeland FL 33815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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are within walking distance of this marker. Munn Park Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Munn Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); ‘Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets’ (approx. half a mile away); The Oates Building (approx. half a mile away); Allen Kryger (approx. half a mile away); The Moorehead Community (approx. 0.6 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
 
Also see . . .  10th Cavalry Regiment (United States). Wikipedia (Submitted on March 1, 2019.) 
 
Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 13, 2018
2. Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, Marker
10th Cavalry "Buffalo Soldiers" in Charge formation image. Click for full size.
3. 10th Cavalry "Buffalo Soldiers" in Charge formation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 158 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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