Buffalo Soldiers

    When:
    February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    2019-02-16T09:00:00-07:00
    2019-02-16T16:30:00-07:00
    Where:
    Fort Verde State Historic Park, Camp Verde, AZ
    Date: February 16th
    Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Fort Verde State Historic Park, Camp Verde, AZ
     
    U.S. Army African American units were made official in 1866. Their “Buffalo Soldier” identity, attributed to the Cheyenne referencing the 10th Cavalry soldiers’ fighting spirit, dense curly hair, and wearing of buffalo hide winter coats, became officially applied to the 9th and 10th Cavalries and 24th and 25th Infantries. Twenty-three Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to members of these regiments for actions during the Indian and Spanish-American Wars.

    Company M of the 10th Cavalry, created at Fort Riley, Kansas in October of 1867, was based at Fort Verde from May to December of 1885. Its multi-colored horses, not used in any of the other 10th Cavalry units, inspired the name “Calico Company.” Company I of the 10th Cavalry, created at Fort Riley in August of 1867 was based at Fort Verde from December of 1885 to December of 1888 and rode bay horses.

    The Buffalo Soldiers will once again be at Fort Verde to celebrate African American Heritage Month. Also, today will be a presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers and a traditional Navajo given in the main museum building. Plus on the Parade Field three games of vintage baseball will be played at 10am, noon, and 2pm! 

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