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Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

An Almost Forgotten History

 
 
An Almost Forgotten History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., April 13, 2016
1. An Almost Forgotten History Marker
Inscription.  Just one year after the Civil War, Congress passed an act which created two "experimental" cavalry regiments for service on the western frontiers. African Americans, most of whom had only recently been slaves, put on blue uniforms and filled the ranks of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry.

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.
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Today, Americans are learning how these troops helped settle the frontier and defended the United States both at home and abroad.

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 AmericansWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, Spanish-AmericanWars, 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
An Almost Forgotten History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., April 13, 2016
2. An Almost Forgotten History Marker
is on Buffalo Soldier Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is just inside the Buffalo Soldier Gate on Fort Bliss. 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.
 
Isaiah Mays<br>Medal of Honor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., April 13, 2016
3. Isaiah Mays
Medal of Honor
Lt. Henry Flipper<br>Buffalo Soldier image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., April 13, 2016
4. Lt. Henry Flipper
Buffalo Soldier
An Almost Forgotten History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., April 13, 2016
5. An Almost Forgotten History Marker
Map of "Where They Soldiered"
 
 
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 486 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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