Who We Are
On January 21, 2018, The Texas Secretary of State approved a Certificate of Formation for The South Texas Buffalo Soldiers Association (STBSA) to operate as a 501(C) (3) Non-profit corporation.
The new organization began with historical presentations at Grace First Baptist Church’s black history program and a presentation at NISD’s Fisher Elementary School.
Membership in the STBSA is open to any individual regardless of race, nationality, sex or religion who is interested in promoting Buffalo Soldiers history in a professional manner. The primary objective is to provide lectures and historical presentations at local area schools and civic organizations and to work with the Negro Seminole Scout Association and with the National 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry association to promote the contributions of the American Buffalo Soldiers.
The STBSA also focuses on mentoring at risk local area youth to achieve scholastic success by imparting the challenges and successes achieved by American Buffalo Soldiers who serve as inspirational role models.
A Brief History
of the formation of the 10th calvary regiment
On July 28, 1866 the 39th U.S. Congress enacted legislation that authorized the formation of six new military regiments, consisting of all black enlisted men. This decision was not a popular one with the majority of the people during that time.
The initial recruits were former slaves, freedmen and former civil war veterans. It marked the first time in America’s history that African Americans were allowed to serve as regular members of the Federal Peace-time Military.
The regiments were the 9th and 10th Cavalry, and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry regiments, which in 1869 were consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantry units.
The enlistment was five years for Cavalry troops and 3 years for the Infantry. Benefits included $13 dollars per month, room and board, food and clothing.
These men will go on to amass one of the most impressive records in the United Stated Army. Their courage, dedication and discipline were second to none. They were given the name “Buffalo Soldiers” by their Native American foes probably due in part to their superb fighting skills, courage and physical attributes being reminiscent of the sacred Buffalo.
The Tenth Cavalry Regiment was the first unit called Buffalo Soldiers and even adopted the image on their Regimental Crest. The term Buffalo Soldiers soon became synonymous with every Black Soldier in the west.