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NEWS | Feb. 12, 2013

Buffalo soldiers highlighted in USARC display

By Timothy Hale U.S. Army Reserve Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Six prints depicting the heroic actions of the Buffalo soldiers are now on display in the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters here.

The prints, by noted historical artist Dale Gallon, show scenes from campaigns in the American southwest and the Spanish-American War.

“They were given the name ‘Buffalo soldiers’ because of the way they would charge across the plains after the Indians,” said Dr. Lee Harford, Office of Army Reserve History director.

In his research, Harford said the Indians looked upon the Buffalo soldiers as “fierce warriors. That’s why the gave them the nickname.”

Harford said one of the more famous episodes in Buffalo soldier history occurred in Cuba in 1898.

He said members of the 10th Regiment were led up Kettle Hill, San Juan Heights, by then lieutenant John “Black Jack” Pershing, who would later command the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War I.