COLUMBUS, N.M. – Returning to the site where their predecessors helped battle Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of El Paso will visit Columbus, New Mexico on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of El Paso is a community service group which honors the history of the African American soldiers of the U.S. 9th and 10th Calvary. More information on the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s many programs can be found at https://epbsmc.com/home. The mission statement for the Buffalo Soldiers MC is: to do good things in our community and be positive role models for our youth.
The BSMC of El Paso webpage gives this brief history of the Calvary units:
Buffalo soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the Plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains and railroad crews along the Western front.
The buffalo soldiers included two regiments of all-black cavalry, the 9th and 10th cavalries, formed after Congress passed legislation in 1866 that allowed African Americans to enlist in the country’s regular peacetime military. The legislation also brought about the creation of four black infantry regiments, eventually consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantries, which often fought alongside the 9th and 10th cavalries. Many of the men in these regiments, commanded primarily by white officers, were among the approximately 180,000 African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
For more than two decades in the late 19th century, the 9th and 10th cavalries engaged in military campaigns against hostile Native Americans on the Plains and across the Southwest. These buffalo soldiers also captured horse and cattle thieves, built roads and protected the U.S. mail, stagecoaches and wagon trains, all while contending with challenging terrain, inadequate supplies and discrimination.