Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while in service. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited

Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while in service. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young. The first African American to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and it's highest ranking African American until the day he died. A true Buffalo Soldier...

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young. The first African American to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and it's highest ranking African American until the day he died. A true Buffalo Soldier...

Cathay Williams - Became the first and the only known female Buffalo Soldier. Enlisting in the US Regular Army 1866 at St. Louis, Missouri for a three year engagement, passing herself off as a man.    She is the first African American female to enlist, and the only documented to serve in the United States Army posing as a man under the pseudonym, William Cathay.

Cathay Williams - Became the first and the only known female Buffalo Soldier. Enlisting in the US Regular Army 1866 at St. Louis, Missouri for a three year engagement, passing herself off as a man. She is the first African American female to enlist, and the only documented to serve in the United States Army posing as a man under the pseudonym, William Cathay.

The lineup of soldiers. The Buffalo soldiers were key in taming the west. They were named this by the Native Americans because of their hair.

Who Were the Buffalo Soldiers?

The lineup of soldiers. The Buffalo soldiers were key in taming the west. They were named this by the Native Americans because of their hair.

Did you know that there are over two million women veterans? Throughout the history of our country, we have been involved in numerous wars and conflicts, and women have served in some way in every conflict. This was not always legal in the early days, but women still found ways to do what they could …

The 20 Most Influential Female Veterans of All Time

Did you know that there are over two million women veterans? Throughout the history of our country, we have been involved in numerous wars and conflicts, and women have served in some way in every conflict. This was not always legal in the early days, but women still found ways to do what they could …

Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army.   The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."

Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army. The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."

Union Army Soldiers, 1865  Full length double portrait, two African American Union Army soldiers with swords, standing [hand tinted]. Randol...

Union Army Soldiers, 1865 Full length double portrait, two African American Union Army soldiers with swords, standing [hand tinted]. Randol...

Buffalo Soldiers in Huntsville, AL.   On Oct. 18, 1898, the 10th Cavalry, returning from Cuba and the Spanish-American War, stopped in Huntsville, making camp near the present-day intersection of Pulaski Pike and University Drive. The Buffalo Soldiers, under the command of 1st. Lt. John “Black Jack” Pershing, stayed until Jan. 28, 1899, making such an impression on the city that residents dubbed the site Cavalry Hill.

Buffalo Soldiers in Huntsville, AL. On Oct. 18, 1898, the 10th Cavalry, returning from Cuba and the Spanish-American War, stopped in Huntsville, making camp near the present-day intersection of Pulaski Pike and University Drive. The Buffalo Soldiers, under the command of 1st. Lt. John “Black Jack” Pershing, stayed until Jan. 28, 1899, making such an impression on the city that residents dubbed the site Cavalry Hill.

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