This is Regimental Sergeant Major/ President, William "Bill"
Troop, 9th Memorial Cavalry
The"Ninth" Is Going Home!
1, 2002 will be the kick off of the horseback ride to New Orleans,
Louisiana, to honor the legacy of the 9th United States Cavalry
(the "Buffalo Soldiers"). Several members of the 9th Memorial
Cavalry from Phoenix, Arizona, are undertaking this 2200 plus mile
horseback trek across the country the 9th U. S. Cavalry rode, protected,
and helped to civilize during the mid to late 1800's. This ride
will cover four of the principal states of their operation - Arizona,
New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.
Of the four regiments, the 9th U.S. Cavalry served for the longest
period in the Big Ben country of southwest Texas - the worst part
of the western frontier. They also were the premier participants
in the Lincoln County Wars of New Mexico. They were instrumental
in helping to retain the lands in the Indian Territory (present
day Oklahoma) for the Indians, which included the five civilized
tribes who were moved from the southeastern United States in the
early 1800's. The 9th U.S. Cavalry received the largest number of
Medals - of - Honor of the four "colored" regiments during
the Indian Wars period.
Many of the great cattle drives in the American West were protected
by the 9th U.S. Cavalry and, during their 26 years on the western
frontier, the 9th U.S. Cavalry made it possible for Southern Pacific
Railroad to become established and grow into one of today's major
With the sinking of the battleship USS Maine, in the harbor of Santiago,
Cuba in 1898, the 9th U.S. Cavalry was among the first complete
regiments to be called to war on a foreign shore. Again, they served
with distinction and honor, helping to establish the United States
of America as a world power.
After more than 130 yrs., the 9th Cavalry's excellent service record
and devotion to their flag and country is being brought to light
by the 9th Memorial Cavalry, as inheritors of their legacy. The
9th Memorial Cavalry will carry a copy of the Regimental flag along
with a chest bearing soil from the final resting-places of members
of the 9th U.S. Cavalry home to the birthplace of the regiment -
New Orleans, Louisiana.
is the Official Unit Crest. and the motto of the Regiment:
"WE CAN, WE WILL!"
blue field represents the block-house on top of San Juan Hill,
commorating the 9th Cavalrys' participation in that assalt
during the Spanish American War of 1898. the mounted Indian
represents their service in the 26 year Indian Wars.