Debra Sheffer, Ph.D., professor of history
at Park University, will discuss her recently published book, The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns
(Praeger, March 2015), on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the National Archives at Kansas City
. The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be preceded by a reception that starts at 6 p.m.
The book follows the fascinating saga of the Buffalo Soldiers — members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army formed in September 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. — as they participated in key events in America’s history. Sheffer discuss the impetus for the earliest black military service, how that service led to the creation of the Buffalo Soldiers and how these men — and one woman — continued to serve in the face of epic obstacles. The work celebrates their significant military contributions to the campaigns of the American frontier and other battles, their fighting experiences and life on the plains.
Starting with the American Revolution, the book traces the heroic journey of these legendary servicemen from the period when black Americans first sought full citizenship in exchange for military service to the integration of the military and the dissolution of all-black regiments. Several chapters highlight the special achievements of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry and the 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry. The book also features the accomplishments — both of the unit and individuals — of the Buffalo Soldiers in battle and beyond.
Sheffer, who earned a doctorate in military history, U.S. history and indigenous peoples from the University of Kansas, was a 2007 fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History at the U.S. Military Academy. She has also written on subjects such as World War I, Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, and George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Her current research examines honor and death in the Civil War.
While this program is free and open to the public, reservations are requested. To reserve a seat, contact the National Archives at Kansas City
or (816) 268-8010. Requests for Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to this event.