NAMED SO BY THE PLAINS INDIANS FOR THEIR APPEARANCE AND TENACITY RESEMBLING THE BUFFALO... YOUNG, OLD, UNEDUCATED, AND UNWISE TO THE WAYS OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER, THESE BLACKS IN BLUE TOOK THE BRUNT OF THE WORST OF THE FRONTIER HAD TO OFFER AND ROSE ABOVE IT. C TROOP, 9TH CAVALRY TROOPER IS THE INITIAL PAINTING OF THIS COLLECTION. IT HAS THE WIDEST PUBLIC EXPOSURE.
Chiracahua, Mescalero, and Warm Springs were only a few of the Apache tribes the Buffalo Soldiers encountered. Each had his individual style and unique method of operation. They all proved to be skilled and cunning adversaries. The men of the 9th and 10th Cavalry paid a great price for the experience the Apache had given them.
From inauspicious beginnings in America as slaves, to the highest pinnacles of the military, four star General, Texas artist Bob Snead captured the major milestones and achievements of Afro-Americans in the military with his paintings. From 1863-1991, 71 Afro-Americans received this nation's highest award: the Medal of Honor.
While on a campaign in the Guadalupe Mountains, Corporal John Ross of I Troop, 9th Cavalry was ordered to take a back trail and bring up the supply wagons that lagged behind. Mescalero Apaches were laying in wait for him. After dispensing of his attackers, Corporal Ross completed his errand. This is the official print of the Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Fort Bilss, Texas.
Sharecropper Huts, Slave Cabins, Wigwams, Tee Pees, and Mud Huts were their homes. No matter the plantation or reservation, they were all the same. One of the least desirable missions of the Buffalo Soldiers was providing security that restricted the Indians to the reservations such as San Carlos and Ojo Caliente.
A welcome sight for many a wagon train crossing the vast emptiness of desert and plains in the move west.
Despite their dedication, courage and valor, the Buffalo Soldiers were often forced to bury their comrades without traditional military honors and ceremony, a formal escort, a single mourner or friend to follow their remains to its final resting place.
Born into slavery with little promise to achieve success for effort. Most of the Buffalo Soldiers saw the military as a means to an end, a chance to contribute and prove their worth.
Cadets and Graduates of West Point. Their presence paved the way for others and propelled them to success in many other endeavors. This painting is a tribute to all of these pioneering "Leaders of Character."
Sergeant Emanuel Stance of F Troop, 9th Cavalry was the first of the Buffalo Soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor. A total of twenty-three Medals of Honor were ultimately awarded to the Buffalo Soldiers.
His contributions are many & varied. The role of the Black Cowboy in American History is unequalled & mostly unfamiliar. Names like Cherokee Bill, Willie Kennard & Bill Pickett are legendary. Bill Pickett invented the sport of steer wrestling. Willie Kennard was a former Buffalo Soldier who became a mining town's first Black Marshal. The Black Cowboy worked as a ranch hand cattle drover, cook and blacksmith. The fabric of the American West is woven with the toil & sweat of the Black Cowboy.