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Daisy Douglas in Union soldier uniform. Courtesy of Sarah Collins Honenberger.


Buffalo Soldiers T


of Westmoreland County By Captain Bob Cerullo


here is an ongoing debate as to how the term Buf- falo Solider first came to be. The generally accepted story is that the Native Americans, who considered


the buffalo a sacred animal, recognized the African American 10th Cavalry troops they were fighting as brave and noble warriors. Their strength, dark skin and curly black hair brought to mind the buffalo, hence the term Buffalo Sol- diers. It is likely the African American troops accepted the name because they understood it to be a compliment.


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