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Zacata in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Private Tate, Buffalo Soldier

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Private Tate, Buffalo Soldier Marker
Inscription. Walter Tate was born nearby in 1854. He enlisted as a private on 6 May 1879 at Fort Concho (present-day San Angelo), Texas, in Company M, 10th Regiment, U. S. Cavalry. Tate and those who served with him on the western frontier defended settlements, livestock, the U. S. mail, and stage routes from bandits, cattle thieves, and Mexican revolutionaries. The Indians called Tate and other soldiers of color “Buffalo Soldiers” because of their dark curly hair, endurance, and strength, claiming that these attributes reminded them of their much-prized buffaloes. Tate was discharged on 5 May 1884. This buffalo soldier died in Westmoreland County in 1933.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JT-17.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 7.005′ N, 76° 47.288′ W. Marker is in Zacata, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Zacata Road (County Route 645) 2 miles north of Kings Highway (Virginia Route 3), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zacata VA 22581, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the
Private Tate, Buffalo Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Private Tate, Buffalo Soldier Marker
crow flies. Old Westmoreland Courthouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Westmoreland County Confederate Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Armstead Tasker Johnson School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Nomini Baptist Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); The War of 1812 / British Landing at Nomini Ferry (approx. 3.4 miles away); Nominy Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Buffalo Soldier National Museum. History page includes a short video. “These fighting men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former slaves and veterans from service in the Civil War.” (Submitted on September 10, 2009.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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