Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss

From the Fort Bliss Monitor, Feb 18, 2010

Book chronicles history of Buffalo Soldiers, by Army Scholarship Foundation

The Army Scholarship Foundation Press announces publication of “The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas,” authored by U.S. Army veteran Jeffrey W. Gault.

The book chronicles the storied history of the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry and the 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry regiments during their service on the frontier and into the 20th century, and focuses on their service at Fort Bliss and El Paso.


It has been ten years since the dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Bliss, and the book tells the story behind the construction of the monument, and describes the efforts of a small group of selfless and dedicated volunteers of the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Association who made this monument a reality.

Life on the frontier was hard for the Buffalo Soldiers, and the living conditions at Fort Bliss and many other posts were austere. The Soldiers generally constructed and maintained their own barracks, which had dirt floors and sod or thatched roofs. The Soldiers cared for their horses and mules, repaired their own clothing, gear and equipment, and were largely responsible for their own quality of life.

As they deployed across the vast Southwest, the Buffalo Soldiers proved themselves to be skilled and tenacious fighters. Although tasked to cover vast regions with limited numbers of men, they more than held their own in helping to quell the Indians and pacify the hostile territories. Despite frequent discrimination and hatred from those whom they were tasked to protect, the Buffalo Soldiers served with distinction.

The Buffalo Soldiers served intermittently at and in the vicinity of Fort Bliss and El Paso for nearly 50 years. Although never assigned in large numbers, they nevertheless often represented the bulk of the Soldiers assigned at the post, and they made an indelible mark on the history of the area.

Gault served at Fort Bliss from 1990 until his retirement from the Army in 1999, with two deployments to the Middle East during this timeframe. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and was the first garrison commander of Fort Bliss.

“The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas” is now available at the Fort Bliss Museum gift shop. It is also available by mail from the Army Scholarship Foundation Press at 11700 Preston Road, Suite 660-301, Dallas, Texas 75230 or from the Army Scholarship Foundation Web site at www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org.

Proceeds from the book are being donated to the Army Scholarship Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to Army family members.

2 comments:

  1. Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", a great story of black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.

    Peace.

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  2. Frederick Douglas Gault served with the 9th Cav. Texas. Was in the Spanish American War (Cuba 1898). Has relatives in Taylor, Tx today. Pls provide info. to Kevin Gault 1512 595 4126

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