Buffalo Soldiers - Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter                                                                              

9th and 10th Horse Cavalry

9th and 10th Horse Cavalry

Historically, the 9th Cavalry was one of a few segregated African-American regiments  They served with distinction and valor in combat during the Indian and Spanish 
Wars.  Their motto is "We Can, We Will".

9th Cavalry Coat of Arms

Formed as a segregated African-American unit, the 10th Cavalry unit was one of the original Buffalo Soldier regiments  It served combat during the Indian War, the Spanish-American War, and the Phillipine-American War.  Their motto is "Ready and Forward".

             10th Cavalry Coat of Arms


Notable Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry
                First Sergeant Samuel N. Waller                                                                                         
During peacetime in the late 19th Century, Samuel N Waller couldn't use the same washroom as Teddy Roosevelt.  But there he was, in the Spanish-American War, fighting at Roosevelt's side as a U.S. Army 1st Sargeant.  Waller, an African-American, served 40 years in the service."                                                                     ...Chicago Tribune, June 2000, by Steve Knopper

                                                                                       -National Park Service

Moses Williams

Williams joined the newly formed 9th Cavalry in 1866.  Having been illiterate before joining the Army, he learned to read and write, reaching the rank of First Sargeant  just two years later. 


The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces.

Medals of Honor are awarded sparingly and are bestowed only to the bravest of the brave; and the courage must be well documented.

Eighteen African-Americans earned the Medal of Honor during the Indian War.  Fourteen were Buffalo Soldiers; members of the Army's first peacetime black regiments.  Twelve of the Buffalo Soldiers were from the 9th and 10th Cavalry.

Army - History of the Medal

9th Cavalry Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

 Name Rank War Issued Citation
 Thomas Boyne Sgt Indian Jan 6, 1882 Bravery in action
 John Denny Sgt Indian Nov 27, 1891 Removed a wounded comrade, under a heavy fire, to a place of safety.
 Henry Johnson Sgt Indian Sept 22, 1890 Voluntarily left a fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, fought his way to the creek  and back to bring water to the wounded
 Clinton Greaves Cpl indian   While part of small detachment to persuade a band of renegade Apache Indians to surrender, his group was surrounded.  Cpl Greaves in the center of the savage hand-to-hand fighting, managed to shoot and bash a gap through the swarming Apaches, permitting his companions to break free.
 George Jordan Sgt  Indian May 7, 1890  For repulsing a larger force of Indians on two separate occasions,
 Thomas Shaw Sgt Indian Dec 7, 1890 Forced the enemy back after stubbornly holding his ground in an extremely exposed position and prevented the enemy's superior numbers from surrounding the command.
 Emanuel Stance Sgt Indian June 28, 1870 Gallantry on scout after Indians.
 Augustus Walley Pvt Indian Oct 1, 1890 Bravery in action with hostile Apaches.
 Moses Williams 1st Sgt Indian Nov 12, 1896  Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running fight of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery and unfliching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.
 William Othello Wilson Cpt Indian Sept 17, 1891 Bravery
 Brent Woods Sgt Indian July 12, 1894 Saved the lives of his comrades and citizens of the attachment

10th Cavalry Regiment Medal of Honor Recipient

 Name Rank War Issued Citation
 William McBryar Sgt Indian May 15, 1890  Distinguished himself for coolness, bravery and marksmanship while his troop was in pursuit of hostile Apache Indians.

Contact the Buffalo Soldiers - Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter
Phone: (503) 490-1109


Contact the Buffalo Soldiers - Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter                                                
Phone: (503) 756-4304 / (503) 490-1109