This is another entry about a place in the documentary I’m working on entitled Secret Alabama.
A little known fact about Huntsville, Alabama is that for several months it played host to the famous African American Cavalry regiment known as “The Buffalo Soldiers.” The soldier’s of Cavalry Regiments 9 and 10 along with their brethren in Infantry Regiments 24 and 25 earned their nickname of “Buffalo Soldiers” while fighting in the western frontier. The natives called them Buffalo Soldier’s because their hair reminded them of the main on a bison. All four regiments were recalled from the west and sent to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War. After the War, most of the Buffalo Soldier’s remained in Cuba as part of the occupying force, but Regiment 10 was sent back to the states. They arrived in Huntsville on October 18, 1898. The location of their encampment became known as Cavalry Hill. Today Cavalry Hill School sits on the site, and in front of the school stands the Buffalo Soldier Monument, a testament to the bravery and dedication of the men who served our country with honor and pride. Huntsville is the only city east of the Mississippi to erect a monument to the Buffalo Soldiers.