‘For Crispus Attucks” Tanka 2327

(April 28, 2019)

Buffalo Soldiers

had infantry regiments

twins toiling beside:

The Twenty-Fourth, Twenty-Eighth

began that Long March* as well!

(Cheyenne warriors gave the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments the appellation “Buffalo Soldiers” who were recruited to fight our nation’s Indian Wars following The War Between The States. The resemblance of these Black cavalry soldiers’ hair to those of The Plains Indians’ symbiotes, the North American Bison (Buffalo) was intended as a badge of honor. The Buffalo Soldier cavalry regiments were alongside Teddy Roosevelt’s 1st Volunteer United States Cavalry (Rough Riders) at San Juan and Kettle Hills in Cuba to kick off The Spanish American War at the end of the 19th Century. But America’s history of free – and some slave – Black additions to our military history go back even further. One of America’s first casualties in its long attempt to brteak off from Britain. Crispus Attucks (1723-1770) was an American stevedore working Boston Harbor and became acknowledged as the first American killed in The Boston Massacre, which makes this man, many say, the first American to die in our nation’s Revolutionary War.)

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