Welcome to the "Buffalo Soldiers"
Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc.
of Tampa Bay, Florida
of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association!
The Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc. is the first registered chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers in the State of Florida. It was named after congressional medal of honor recipients, Sgt. Brent Woods and MSgt. George Wanton.
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Regiment, a black unit was created after the Civil War. The soldiers fought in the Spanish American War, assisted with the expansion of the west, and contributed to the Indian War of the Great Plains. Native Americans were impressed with the courage and tenacity of these men and honored them with the name "Buffalo Soldiers".
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In April 1898, the United States declared war against Spain. Thousands of U.S. soldiers arrived in Tampa to prepare for an invasion of Cuba. Ten regiments, including two black units, camped on the fringes of the elegant Tampa Heights neighborhood. The Twenty-fourth Infantry was located just north of this marker, while the Twenty-fifth camped to the southeast.
The Buffalo Soldiers fostered pride among local blacks while encountering hostility in Tampa. On the eve of the army's embarkation for Cuba, Tampa was the scene of a serious clash between the black and white troops. Overcoming racial obstacles, the Buffalo Soldiers distinguished themselves on the battlefield in Cuba and the Philippines, earning five Medals of Honor for valor at San Juan and El Caney.
"WE CAN, WE WILL!," "READY AND FORWARD!"