USCTI to Honor the Legendary Buffalo Soldiers

USCTI to Honor the Legendary Buffalo Soldiers

June 27, 2013

As White House staff and representatives of the National Park Service proceed toward finalizing the preparation of Youngsholm in Wilberforce, OH as a monument to Colonel Charles Young of the famed Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments, dubbed the "Buffalo Soldiers," the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York is proceeding with its own commemoration.

The June issue of the USCT Civil War Digest is devoted to the heroics of the Buffalo Soldiers extending from the Spanish American War through World War II. The eight-page publication will officially be released on June 28, 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tenth Cavalry that held an encampment in Oneonta on June 28, 1913.

The publication will be made available to the public, with a recommended donation of $2 or more for each copy in support of the USCTI's continuing work to honor the heroics of African American soldiers and nurses and their white officers. To make this donation, please send a check payable to "Hartwick College" to the attention of Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean and Director of the U.S. Pluralism Center at Hartwick College, at the U.S. Pluralism Center, 103 Bresee Hall, One Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Matthews is the founding president of the USCTI and editor of the 15-year-old USCT Civil War Digest. He expressed his enthusiasm about the new issue, stating "The content of this issue of the USCT Civil War Digest includes some images and documents not normally seen regarding the honored troops. An effort has been made to personalize the story for the benefit of students, family researchers and historians."

To do so, Matthews reached into his privately-owned collection of information that includes a rare copy of The Historical and Pictorial Review Tenth Cavalry of the United States Army which was published in 1941. WorldCat identifies only four library sites that have a copy of the publication in their respective collections, including the Fort Huachuca History Museum in AZ; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in PA; Mid-Continent Public Library in MO; and the Brigham Young University Library in Utah.

"To have a copy of the historic publication about the Tenth Cavalry available in New York is quite exciting," Matthews said. "It will be available for public review at the U.S. Pluralism Center at Hartwick College, along with other rare publications and documents in the Matthews Collection, beginning September 3, 2013."

During the weekend of November 1-3, 2013, the Harriet Tubman - Buffalo Soldiers Student Conference will be hosted at the College by the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project and the USCTI. Participation will be limited to 40 students and mentors, who will receive a commemorative pin designed to reflect the original logo of the Tenth Cavalry. In addition, descendants of 25 African American soldiers and nurses will be honored for their ancestors' heroics in the Civil War through World War II.

Nomination forms for this honor are available via the USCTI. Similarly, educational and/or community groups can nominate students for participation at the November conference by contacting Matthews before the deadline of September 14, 2013.

For more information, contact Matthews at 607-431-4428 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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