About Us

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.