On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier: Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917

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On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier presents carefully documented biographical information on thousands of black servicemen, giving the researcher not only glimpses of individual lives but also documentation of the variety of African-American experiences within and outside the army.

Dr. Frank N. Schubert has combed both official military reports and unofficial documents in seeking information on 'buffalo soldiers' (as African Americans who served in the U.S. Army were commonly ...

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Overview

On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier presents carefully documented biographical information on thousands of black servicemen, giving the researcher not only glimpses of individual lives but also documentation of the variety of African-American experiences within and outside the army.

Dr. Frank N. Schubert has combed both official military reports and unofficial documents in seeking information on 'buffalo soldiers' (as African Americans who served in the U.S. Army were commonly called). His sources include annual reports of the secretary of war, weekly papers serving black audiences, the journal of the NAACP, and Veterans Administration files. The data he uncovered for this work include dates and places of birth, details of service and retirement, occupations prior to and following military service, commendations for bravery, 'character,' unusual causes of death, and circumstances prior to emancipation.

The entries are here arranged in alphabetical order by the soldiers' last names, with sources cited throughout. They range in length from a brief statement documenting an individual's sole appearance in written records to several pages of text on a better-documented figure. Also included are an essay on the sources and the kinds of information they contain, a bibliography of sources used, and a list of abbreviations.

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A commendable, valuable reference, highly recommended for academic libraries.
CHOICE
A commendable, valuable reference, highly recommended for academic libraries.
Library Journal
The compiler, a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spent over 20 years searching military records and ephemera for biographical information on "buffalo soldiers," or African Americans in military service. This term, considered complimentary, was coined by Native Americans when black army regiments were sent to the Western frontier. The biographical sketches cover nearly 8000 of the soldiers who served during the Civil War through World War I. Bear in mind that about 180,000 blacks served in the Civil War alone. Entries are alphabetical by surname, with information ranging from one line to a column or more for those such as Lt. Col. Benjamin O. Davis, "first colored man to pass examination for regular Army commission." Sources are provided in nearly all cases. For longer entries, chronologically arranged data provide some understanding of the problems, lifestyles, and flavor of the period, but information is sketchy for most and may be limited to an isolated positive or negative event. An introduction, appendixes, and extensive bibliography of sources are included. Recommended for libraries supporting researchers in African American genealogy and military history.-Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Libs., Muncie, Ind.
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A scholarly reference that presents biographical information on thousands of African Americans in the US Army between 1867 and 1917. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order by the soldiers' last names, with sources cited throughout. The entries range in length from a brief statement documenting an individual's sole appearance in written records to several pages describing the life of a better- documented figure. Also included are an essay on the sources and the kinds of information they contain, a bibliography of sources used, and a list of abbreviations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Four African American army regiments served through almost the entire period of the segregated army, the Ninth and Tenth until 1944 and the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth until 1951 and 1949, respectively. In the course of the Tenth Cavalry's early clashes with the tribes of the southern plains, the men of the regiment came to be called "buffalo soliders." The name apparently originated with the Indians, who may have seen a similarity between the hair and skin of the soldiers and the buffalo. Most writers on the subject contend that the name reflected the respect that the Indian warriors had for the African American soldiers. The buffalo became a prominent element of the Tenth's regimental crest and, before long, the Ninth's troopers also became known as buffalo soldiers and ultimately infantrymen as well This book provides biographical information on about 8,000 African American soldiers who served in the army in the 50 years between the Civil War and World War I, a little-known group that contributed significantly to the nation's development. The entries, arranged in alphabetical order, range from virtually complete life histories to fragments of data, depending on how much information researchers were able to find. Entries include a wide range of personal information, as well as details of military service, while illuminating the range of sources available to historians and genealogists. A bibliography of sources consulted is followed by a number of appendixes that list the number of blacks in the four regiments from 1867 to 1916, the number of soldiers killed in action, those that received the Medal of Honor, and the locations of regimental headquarters This is a special resource for all major historical collections that support African American studies programs. It is recommended for universities, colleges, and large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842024822
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 519
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank N. Schubert is the author and editor of four books on buffalo soldiers. He retired in 2003 after 27 years as a historian in the U.S. Department of Defense.

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