I opened this discussion because there is so much history to know about the Buffalo Soldier's, I learn something new everytime I talk to someone. Some accurate some not so much but it is fun to research and discuss.
I also have some information in my reference work Corporals, Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. It is also described at the Lune House Publishing site. It is out of print but I do have three copies (last time I checked) remaining.
If you go to www.LuneHousePublishing.com there is a page for each book and CD with a box to click to pay through PayPal. The "Buffalo Soldiers in Dakota Territory" is $8 (CD plus first class shipping total) and the reference book "Corporals, Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and surrounding areas" is $62 (book and shipping total). I have also just published "Sarah Campbell: The first white woman in the Black Hills was African American" There are no Buffalo soldier mentions but the footnotes in the first two chapters have a wealth of information about African Americans in the fur trade on the upper Missouri. Campbell was the sutler's cook on Custer's 1874 BH Expedition, but she afterwards came to the Black Hills as a prospector, eventually owning five silver mines. That one is $21 (book and first class shipping total). If you wish to buy all three, I will give you a price break on shipping. Also, if you do not wish to use PayPal, send a check or money order to Lune House Publishing, P.O. Box 126, Buffalo Gap, SD, 57722. If you wish to email me, use this address: Information@LuneHousePublishing.com Thanks for your interest. Lilah
There was a lady in Utah I believe, that had found some old milk cans buried on her farm, when she opened them there were letters and personal effects of a troop from the 10th cavalry, a few years ago a reporter for a newspaper got them and was doing a series in a newspaper. She titled them the Milk Can Diaries of the Buffalo Soldiers.. apparently they were on a campaign and did not expect to come back so they wrote to their loved ones and put some of their effects in these cans and burried them. I year ago I was offered the originals and lost track of the reporter that was going to send them, there were 5 milk cans in all, As soon as I get them i will share them with everyone, I recently got ahold of the reporter and she still has them she is still writing... lol she is publishing 1 letter a month in the paper.. should be interesting
In Harry A. Gant's memoir, "I Saw Them Ride Away", he describes the making, in 1912, of the first film version of "The Charge of the Light Brigade". He was a cowboy in Wyoming and Colorado, and helped with logistics when a unit of the Edison Company came to Cheyenne to make the movie.
The connection with Buffalo soldiers is that he arranged for soldiers from Fort D. A. Russell to be extras in the film, and most of them were Buffalo soldiers. If anyone is interested, I can post an excerpt with the story.