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Buffalo Soldiers to be Subject of Remington Lecture
September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
OGDENSBURG, NY – Historian John Langellier will give a presentation of his newest book, Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army, which examines the history and experiences of the black soldiers who served in the U.S. West in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The presentation entitled “Trails of the Buffalo Soldiers: Roads to Equal Rights” will take place on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm at the Frederic Remington Art Museum; it is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation; copies of Langellier’s book will be available for purchase at the event.
On July 28, 1866 the U.S. Congress voted on the Army Reorganization Act which created six regiments manned by blacks, many of whom had bought their freedom with blood while serving in the Union forces. In time these men came to be known as “buffalo soldiers,” and for the next eight decades often were posted in the American Southwest. There the segregated units faced many formidable foes while simultaneously battling racism. Despite prejudice these troops developed a reputation as topnotch professionals and in many cases served as a vanguard along the frequently troubled, dangerous border between Mexico and the United States.
Frederic Remington was one of few artists of his day to represent the presence of black soldiers in the frontier army. Although Remington’s racial attitudes could not be described as progressive, he developed respect for the black soldiers with whom he spent time, and he gave them a visible—sometimes prominent—place in his paintings, drawings, and writings. During his visit to the Remington Museum, Dr. Langellier will be conducting research for his next book, Yankee Artist and Confederate Cavalier: Frederic Remington, Powhatan Clarke, and the Buffalo Soldiers.