Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
An Almost Forgotten History
These men fought hard from Canada to Mexico and from the Rockies to the Mississippi to keep the peace and protect settlers. Yet the very people they strove to protect despised them - for their uniform, the color of their skin, or both. In the field and in garrison, these troopers proved to be amazingly effective, cheerful and loyal, and often showed great courage. Corporal Ross's heroism, depicted on this monument, is but one example of their acknowledged bravery and devotion to duty.
The 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments served faithfully from 1867 to 1943, when the U.S. Army deactivated them. Troops from these regiments served here at Fort Bliss, and at Forts Quitman, Davis, Stanton, and Selden from 1867 to 1891.
Until recently, whenever the winning of the West was discussed, the role of the "Buffalo Soldier" was largely overlooked.
It is said that their Indian adversaries called the men of the 9th and 10th "Buffalo Soldiers" out of respect for their courage and fighting prowess. These black troopers service did not end with the close of the frontier wars. They distinguished themselves on Cuba's San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt and with Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing in the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916, which included a battle at Carrizal, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Buffalo Soldiers fought rustlers Indians, and badmen. They also strung telegraph wires, built roads, dug wells and constructed and filled wayside water tanks.
Erected by The Pass of the The North Heritage Corridor and the El Paso Community Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, Mexican-American • War, Spanish-American • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 31° 47.727′ N, 106° 24.743′ W. Marker is in Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Soldier Memorial of El Paso (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Bliss at Lanoria Mesa (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Bliss, C.S.A. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wilson Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hammett House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Howze House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pershing Circle (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bliss.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.