Buffalo Soldiers July 25, 1992 General Colin Powell, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, dedicated the Buffalo Soldiers Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Gen Powell got the idea in 1981 while jogging around Ft Leavenworth (he noticed there was little to show the Buffalo Soldiers had been there).
Moses Williams, who started his military career as an illiterate soldier and later became commander of Fort Stevens near what is now Astoria, Ore. Williams died in 1899 and is buried in Vancouver. Flipper said the former Buffalo Soldier was one of the most decorated soldiers in the history of the U.S. government.
A few soldiers managed to escape the impersonal life in the barracks by rising as non-commissioned officers, which meant they, like this first sergeant at right, could take a wife. For the most part, frontier soldiers were bachelors.
Buffalo Soldiers Memorial "Buffalo soldiers" became the nickname of the black members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army in 1866, who are remembered most for their bravery and courage from the Civil War to World War II. Several monuments exist in their honor, including two in Kansas, where the original regiments were first formed. This one, commissioned by Gen. Colin Powell, was erected in 1992 in Leavenworth, Kan. The life-size statue illustrates a determined armed soldier…