Buffalo soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the Plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains and railroad crews along the Western front.
With hand-me-down equipment, and worn out horse-flesh, they rode and fought in places no one thought soldiers could ever go. Buffalo Soldiers battled and defeated the Apaches, Kiowas, Commanches, Cheyenne, Mexicans and Mescateros.
The soldiers’ main mission was to secure the road from San Antonioto El Paso and restore and maintain order in areas disrupted by Native Americans, many of whom were frustrated with life on Indian reservations and broken promises by the federal government.
Renown Artist Don Stivers
Painter, illustrator, sculptor, photographer, aficionado, Specializing in military prints, western art.
His art includes World War II scenes, Civil War scenes, and depictions of the American West. He is most known for his depictions of Buffalo Soldiers. His works are on display at military museums and bases, including the Pentagon, the U.S. Cavalry Museum, and the Army War College.