"The 39th Congress Section 1, Chapter 299, passed Section 3 of the Army Organization Act of 1866 authorizing Six Regiments of Negro Troops, Two Cavalry and four infantry. On Sept. 21, 1866 The Ninth Calvary was activated near the site of Greenville, Louisiana which is now Audubon Park.
|Buffalo Soldiers Plaque|
The Ninth Cavalry was ordered to Texas in June 1867 to protect the mail and the stage coach routes between San Antonio and El Paso and to defeat raiding Indians in the region. They maintained law and order, built forts, escorted wagons trains, and engaged in battles against Chief Vlctorlo, Chief Geronimo and Chief Nana,
|SkychiTravels in front of a fountain at Audubon Park|
The name "Buffalo Soldier" was given to them by the Plains Indians. They gained respect from the Indians because their fighting spirit, stamina, courage and the similarity of their hair to the buffalo.
|Children playing at the fountain|
|Fountain at entrance of Audubon Park|
Did you know that the Buffalo Soldiers Regimen was formed in New Orleans at Audubon Park?