The Forgotten Heroes: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers.
In July 1866, despite objections from white military leaders and Southern politicians, Congress formed the black regiments of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. Given five-year terms at $ 13 a month, young recruits like George Jordan, a 19-year-old farmer from Kentucky, enlisted in the U.S. Army. For the next 30 years, black soldiers such as Jordan escorted wagon trains, chased down outlaws and fought Native-American warriors, including Geronimo of the Apaches and Satanta of the Kiowas.
Cox, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee of both African and Native-American ancestry, has written a book showing both peoples' history. Many young black men--who entered the Army, as a way to attain true freedom--helped wrest liberty from Native-American people who had always known it. This paradox gives the story of the black soldiers a sharp poignancy.
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|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jun 1, 1994|
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