Buffalo Soldiers in Wyoming

The Fort Caspar Museum Association and the Fort Caspar Museum held their quarterly Lunch & Learn program Sunday, discussing Buffalo Soldiers in Wyoming.  The guest speaker was Henry Crawford, a retired Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Crawford is also a living historian and has been featured on the PBS program "Texas Road House."

About 35 guests attended the program and learned about the two U.S. Infantry Regiments (24th & 25th) & two U.S. Cavalry regiments during the Frontier Army and Indian Wars periods that were comprised of African American enlisted men and white officers.  He also spoke about their service in Wyoming- including service by the 9th Cavalry at Fort McKinney (modern Buffalo) and the 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th Infantry at Fort D.A. Russell (modern Fort Warren at Cheyenne).

He also discussed uniforms, weapons and equipment used by the Buffalo Soldiers- predominantly cavalry. Crawford had a variety of gear with him, including a U.S. Cavalry feed bag that was placed over the horse's nose to feed them--which is modeled by Fort Caspar Museum Association Board Member Daniel Mattern in the photo below.