The History of Utah’s Buffalo Soldiers

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The first advanced guard of the 24th Infantry—an all-black regiment formed in 1869 — arrived in Salt Lake City in October 1896. The men were known as Buffalo Soldiers, nicknamed by Native Americans at the time. They deployed to fight across the frontier and abroad. At Fort Douglas, the men filled every role from musicians to cavalry. They served Utah ...