This was one of those episodes where Brian and Donya were so gripped by what their guest was saying – they almost forgot to ask more questions!
We welcomed Maj. Charles Williams (aka Trooper Charles Williams) to the show to enlighten us about the unique service provided to the U.S. by an equally unique group of men: the National Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry – one of the most important military units in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Our conversation touched on how the all-Black 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were formed from the USCT (United States Colored Troops) after the Civil War. How these two regiments were perceived by other regiments, the U.S. military, and the public at large – and the indigenous tribes who gave them a distinctive nickname that was an expression of their respect for these men’s indomitable fighting spirit and bravery.
Trooper Williams shared his knowledge about how these men fought for the United States abroad, their service across the entirety of the western U.S. territories…and a gripping history of how they protected westward-moving pioneers and their military legacy on black men serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
There’s also a surprising link to Gen. Custer and the 7th Cavalry!
Trooper Williams also talked about the Houston, Texas-based Buffalo Soldier National Museum – its work and its outreach programs, which includes re-enactments.
About the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Houston, Texas-based Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a non-profit institution founded in 2000 by Vietnam War veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. Historian and U.S. Army Major, Charles Williams, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. It is the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in the U.S.A.
Museum link: https://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
About Trooper Williams
Maj. Williams, known locally as Trooper Williams, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating high school. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, he retired with the rank of Major. He is now devoted to telling the story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the contributions they made towards the development and the defense of the U.S.A.