9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Parade Flag, ca. 1889
In 1866, General Phillip Sheridan was authorized to raise one regiment of “colored” cavalry, former Union soldiers, to be designated as the 9th Regiment. The “Buffalo Soldiers” served with distinction, from patrolling frontier towns acting as militia to fighting in direct combat. Six officers and thirteen enlisted men in the 9th Regiment earned the Medal of Honor during the Plains Indians Wars of the late 1860s. Another five medals were awarded during the Spanish American War, including recognition of valor at the battle of San Juan Hill.
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