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June 29, 2013

Local publication to highlight Buffalo Soldiers

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A locally produced publication is joining a national effort to recognize the role of African American soldiers in the Civil War, with a local twist. 

The United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College in Oneonta has dedicated the June issue of its “Civil War Digest” publication, released Friday, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tenth Cavalry of “Buffalo Soldiers,” which held an encampment in Oneonta on June 28, 1913. 

As White House staff and representatives of the National Park Service proceed toward finalizing the preparation of Youngsholm in Wilberforce, Ohio, as a monument to Colonel Charles Young of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments, the USCTI’s publication will be made available to the public to support the Institute’s continuing work to honor African American soldiers and nurses. 

The publication was prepared by Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean and Director of the U.S. Pluralism Center at Hartwick College. Matthews, who is founding president of the USCTI and editor of the 15-year-old “Civil War Digest,” expressed his enthusiasm about the new issue in a media release, stating “The content of this issue of the USCT Civil War Digest includes some images and documents not normally seen regarding the honored troops. An effort has been made to personalize the story for the benefit of students, family researchers and historians.”

To do so, Matthews reached into his private collection of information, which includes a rare copy of the 1941 publication “The Historical and Pictorial Review Tenth Cavalry of the United States Army.” WorldCat identifies only four library sites that have a copy of the publication, according to the releasxe.

“To have a copy of the historic publication about the Tenth Cavalry available in New York is quite exciting,” Matthews said. 

The document will be available for public review at Hartwick’s U.S. Pluralism Center, along with other rare publications and documents in the Matthews Collection, beginning Sept. 3.

The college also plans to host the Harriet Tubman — Buffalo Soldiers Student Conference in November, which will include a ceremony honoring descendants of 25 African American soldiers and nurses from the Civil War through World War II. Nomination forms for this honor are available via the USCTI. 

For more information about the Civil War Digest or the USCTI and its upcoming events, contact Matthews at 431-4428 or

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