More on Buffalo Soldiers 

According to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the name originated with the Cheyenne warriors in the winter of 1867, the actual Cheyenne translation being "Wild Buffalo." However, writer Walter Hill documented the account of Colonel Benjamin Grierson, who founded the 10th Cavalry regiment, recalling an 1871 campaign against Comanches.  Hill attributed the origin of the name to the Comanche due to Grierson's assertions. Some sources assert that the nickname was given out of respect for the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry. Other sources assert that Native Americans called the black cavalry troops "buffalo soldiers" because of their dark curly hair, which resembled a buffalo's coat. Still other sources point to a combination of both legends. The term Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all African-American soldiers. It is now used for U.S. Army units that trace their direct lineage back to the 9th and 10th Cavalry, units whose service earned them an honored place in U.S. history.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

1834 Southmore, Houston, TX 77004 US

Telephone No: 713-942-8920


Buffalo Soldier Tragedy Knol

The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy Knol provides historic information, maps and photos about the expedition. Primarily compiled by Sammie Simpson, this knoll organizes facts and information that helps understand the complex relationships leading to the tragedy.

Knol is a Google project that aims to include user-written articles on a range of topics.

The term knol, which Google defines as a "unit of knowledge",  refers to both the project and an article in the project.”Manber, Udi (2007-12-13).

"Encouraging People to Contribute Knowledge". Official Google blog (06:01:00 PM). Google. Retrieved 2008-07-23.

To visit the Knol, follow this link:

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Parks and Wildlife website features a Community Outreach Program focused specifically on the Texas Buffalo Soldiers. The web page pays tribute to the 9th and 10th Calvary and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments for their dedication and service during conflict.


Site Design by CARMA International