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-commissioned for their bravery at El Caney : First Sergeant
Andrew J. Smith, First Sergeant Macon Russell, First Sergeant
Wyatt Huffman and Sergeant Wm. McBryar. Many
more were recommended, but failed to receive commissions.
It is a strange incident that all the above-named men are
native North Carolinians but First Sergeant Huffman, who
is from Tennessee.
The negro played a most important part in the SpanishAmerican
war. He was the first to move from the west;
first at Camp Thomas Chickamauga Park, Ga.; first in the
jungle of Cuba; among the first killed in battle; first in
the block-house at El Caney, and nearest to the enemy
when he surrendered. FRANK W. PULLEN, JR.,
Ex-Sergeant-Major 25th U. S. Infantry.
ENFIEBD, N. C. March 23, I899.
BUFFALO TROOPERS, THE NAME BY WHICH NEGRO SOLDIERS
They Comprise Several of the Crack Regiments in Our Army-The Indians Stand
in Abject Terror of them-Their Awful Yells Won a Battle with the Redskins.
" It is not necessary to revert to the Civil war to prove
that American Negroes are faithful, devoted wearers of
uniforms," says a Washington man, who has seen service
in both the army and the navy. "There are at the present
time four regiments of Negro soldiers in the regular army
of the United States-two outfits of cavalry and two of
infantry. All four of these regiments have been under fire
in important Indian campaigns, and there is yet to be
recorded a single instance of a man in any of the four layouts
showing the white feather, and the two cavalry regiments
of Negroes have, on several occasions, found themselves
in very serious situations. While the fact is well
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Johnson, Edward Augustus. History of Negro soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and other items of interest., book, 1899; Raleigh, North Carolina. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14388/m1/52/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Other.