The first major battle in which African Americans participated
was the Civil War...they were slaves. During that war, they
distinguished themselves as soldiers, sacrificing their lives for
their country and for their freedom. Thus began The Legend of
the Buffalo Soldiers.
Black men and women have continued to serve with distinction, fighting for those very same reasons, in every war since then.
2004 marks the 128th year of continuous service for the Tenth United States Cavalry, a historical milestone achieved by devoted peacetime service and gallant wartime deeds.