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Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer

This sign marks the site of the proposed Buffalo Soldiers Memorial

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, February 24, 2011
1. Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer Marker
Inscription. Following the Civil War four regiments (9th and 10th Cavalry; 24th and 25th Infantry) of African-American enlisted men, under the command of white officers, were formed to fight on the Western frontier. They did so with distinction being nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers" by their Native American opponents. As a reward for outstanding service, Troop K of the 9th Cavalry was stationed at Fort Myer from 1891-1894. They were the first African-American unit stationed east of the Mississippi River near a large metropolitan area after the Civl War.

Then from 1931-1949 the Machine Gun Troop of the 10th Cavalry served at Fort Myer performing cavalry and ceremonial functions. In 1948 President Truman signed an Executive Order desegregating the Armed Forces. The same year he also brought the Army's oldest unit, the 3d US Infantry Regiment, to Fort Myer for ceremonial and security functions. In 1949 the 10th Cavalry left Fort Myer. They were the last of the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer.

MEDALS OF HONOR
9th Cavalry Regiment

*Captain Francis S. Dodge, Troop D
*2d Lieutenant George R. Burnett
2d Lieutenant Matthals W. Day, Company I
2d Lieutenant Robert T. Emmet, Troop G
1st Sergeant Moses Williams, Company I
Sergeant Thomas Boyne, Company C
Sergeant John Denny, Troop B
Sergeant George Jordan, Company
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By Lee Hattabaugh, February 24, 2011
2. Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer Marker
Looking west along Marshall from near the vehicle search area. The new memorial is supposed to be located to the right of this picture.
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*Sergeant Henry Johnson, Company D
*Sergeant Thomas Shaw, Company K
Sergeant Emanuel Stance, Company F
Sergeant Brent Woods, Company B
Corporal Clinton Greaves, Company C
Corporal William O. Wilson, Company I
Private Augustus Walley, Company I

10th Cavalry Regiment

Captain Louis H. Carpenter, Company H
2d Lieutenant Powhatan H. Clarke
Sergeant Major Edward L. Baker, Jr.
*Sergeant william McBryar, Company K
*Private Dennis Bell, Troop H
Private Fitz Lee, Troop M
Private William H. Thompkins, Troop G
*Private George H. Wanton, Troop M

*buried in Arlington National Cemetery
 
Erected by Fort Myer Military Community.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.232′ N, 77° 4.398′ W. Marker is in Fort Myer, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Marshall Drive west of North Meade Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside the Wright Gate of Fort Myer, a controlled military installation, just behind the vehicle search area. Appropriate identification will be required for access. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Lee Hattabaugh, February 24, 2011
3. Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer Marker
walking distance of this marker. The "Buffalo Soldiers" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making A Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Symbol of Friendship (approx. mile away); Let Freedom Ring (approx. mile away); The Flag Raisings (approx. mile away); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (approx. mile away); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle For Iwo Jima (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansMilitaryWars, US Indian
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, February 24, 2011
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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