Black Valor: Buffalo Soldiers and the Medal of Honor, 1870-1898

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They were Army soldiers. Just a few years earlier, some had been slaves. Several thousand African Americans served as soldiers in the Indian Wars and in the Cuban campaign of the Spanish-American War in the latter part of the nineteenth century. They were known as buffalo soldiers, believed to have been named by Indians who had seen a similarity between the coarse hair and dark skin of the soldiers and the coats of the buffalo. Twenty-three of these men won the nation's highest award for personal bravery, the ...
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They were Army soldiers. Just a few years earlier, some had been slaves. Several thousand African Americans served as soldiers in the Indian Wars and in the Cuban campaign of the Spanish-American War in the latter part of the nineteenth century. They were known as buffalo soldiers, believed to have been named by Indians who had seen a similarity between the coarse hair and dark skin of the soldiers and the coats of the buffalo. Twenty-three of these men won the nation's highest award for personal bravery, the Medal of Honor. Black Valor brings the lives of these soldiers into sharp focus.
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Department of Defense historian Schubert On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier, LJ 11/1/94 offers here accounts of African Americans who won the Congrepssional Medal of Honor during the Indian wars and the Spanish American War. His work contains elements both of collective biography and of unit histories of the various campaigns for which the soldiers were decorated. Although this volume clearly evidences meticulous research, the sources available on the men themselves are too sketchy for satisfying reading. The book is organized by campaign, and the accounts of movements and battles are easier to follow, but even here, the narrative frequently halts to introduce the soldiers and describe the actions that won recognition. The work would have been more helpful had it been issued as a reference title. Nonetheless, given the popularity of the topic and the quality of information contained herein, it may be recommended for all collections.Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
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  • ISBN-13: 9780842025867
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Buffalo Soldier Recipients of the Medal of Honor
1 Two Traditions: The Medal of Honor and Black Valor 1
2 Emanuel Stance and the Emergence of the Black Professional Soldier 9
3 The Seminole Negro Scouts 27
4 The Apache Wars, 1877-1879 41
5 Henry Johnson and the Ute War 61
6 The Apache Wars Continue, 1880-81 73
7 The Wham Paymaster Robbery 91
8 William McBryar and the End of the Indian Wars in the South 101
9 William Wilson and the End of the Indian Wars in the North 117
10 Four Cavalrymen in Cuba 133
11 Edward Baker and the Limits of Upward Mobility 145
12 The Recognition of Black Valor 163
Abbreviations Used in Notes 174
Notes 175
Bibliography 211
Index 221
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