Buffalo Soldier Program

African American men in 19th century US Army uniforms on horseback.
Buffalo Soldier Re-enactors on the Parade Ground at Fort Larned

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News Release Date: February 18, 2016

Contact: Celeste Dixon, 620-285-6911

Company A of the 10th U.S. Cavalry was stationed at Fort Larned from the summer of 1867 to January 2, 1869. As a cavalry unit at a frontier military post, the men of Co. A did what any cavalry unit of the time did: went on reconnaissance patrols, escorted mail wagons along the Santa Fe Trail, and took their turn at guard duty on the post. The men took care of their horses and their gear according to Army regulations, and spent their free time socializing with each other and spending time at the post sutler's store.

Unlike most other cavalry units on the frontier after the Civil War, though, the men of Co. A. were African American soldiers recruited for the first all-black regular Army units. Along with the 10th Cavalry, there was the 9th Cavalry, as well as the 24th and 25th Infantry regiments. These men not only served their country faithfully, they also had a lower desertion rate, and a higher re-enlistment rate than their White counter-parts in other Army units. Unfortunately, these men also endured much discrimination because of the prevailing racism of the time.

Join Park Ranger Celeste Dixon for a program about the Buffalo Soldiers in the frontier Army, especially the time that Co. A spent at Fort Larned. The program will be on Sunday, February 21st from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Go to the Plan Your Visit section of our website, or call us at 620-285-6911, to find out more about planning a visit.  There is no admission fee.

 



Last updated: February 18, 2016

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

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