On July 28,1866 through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units. These fighting men have been memorialized and remembered through songs, movies, monuments, and museums. Buffalo Soldiers were also some of the first national park rangers.
The Buffalo Soldier Monument was dedicated in 1992 on the grounds of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It was dedicated to the memory of the 9th and 10th Calvary Regiments comprised of black soldiers. These regiments were headquartered in Louisiana and Kansas and were named Buffalo Soldiers by the Cheyenne for their bravery.
This monument is free to visit, however you’ll be required to show official ID at the gates of Fort Leavenworth before being allowed into this secure area. I spent some time walking around the Buffalo Soldier Monument and realized I didn’t know as much about these men as I should, especially since they were originally headquartered in my home state of Louisiana.
If you are interested in American or military history, then you’ll want to stop at this free attraction in Leavenworth, KS. It is a magnificent and peaceful memorial dedicated to the memory of the Buffalo Soldier.
For more information, visit Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Leavenworth, KS.