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8 Interesting Facts About Cathay Williams, the Only Black Woman Enlisted as a Buffalo Soldier

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On November 15, 1866, Cathay Williams became the first African-American female to enlist and serve in the United States Army. She went by the name “William Cathay” as it shows on the application above.

 

young girl during slavery

Born into Slavery

Cathay Williams was born in Independence, Mo. in September of 1842. Her mother was a “slave” and her father was a “free man of color.” She fled her master’s plantation in Jefferson City in 1861, seeking the protection of the Union troops occupying the city.

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4 thoughts on “8 Interesting Facts About Cathay Williams, the Only Black Woman Enlisted as a Buffalo Soldier

  1. Danie Holmes says:

    I would love to see this story on the big screen.

  2. So would I, but unfortunately until we start telling our own stories lots of really good stories like this one will continue to go untold.

  3. Can she just be our? Why would you want our people to pay to hear made up stories. And others to profit by it. Would it not be better to add these woman to your list of things to research further and teach your children about?

  4. Fascinating research and revelation. We need more of these facta about our heroes. back-ayard.com

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