At the conclusion of the Civil War, the United States continued driving westward. American military regiments were tasked with providing a protective force in unknown territory. Among the troops assigned these perilous duties were those of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. These Army regiments – comprised solely of African-American servicemen – came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers. They wore the moniker with pride, and it encompassed all-black units in the Army until the military was desegregated.

Buffalo Soldiers airs Saturday, February 19, at 6:00PM on DCW50.

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