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date: 28 March 2020

Monuments, Museums, And Public Markers.locked

  • James W. Loewen

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During the “Fusion” years after the end of Reconstruction (1877–1890) the U.S. Army offered opportunity to many African Americans. Wherever it campaigned in the West, mainly in mopping-up operations against American Indians, black cavalrymen known as buffalo soldiers participated. Many frontier posts had a short life span and were built of temporary materials; nevertheless, the saga of the buffalo soldiers is told at many sites today. Historical museums at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Forts Hays, Larned, and Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Robinson, Nebraska; Fort Seldon, New Mexico; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Meade, South Dakota; Forts Concho, Davis, and Richardson, Texas; Fort Douglas, Utah; and Warren Air Force Base (formerly Fort D. A. Russell), Wyoming contain exhibits on black military history in the West that celebrate black troops.

A small monument at Beecher Island Battlefield in Colorado tells of the rescue by the 10th Cavalry of fifty desperate troops in ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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