WALLA WALLA — A century ago, the “buffalo soldiers” left Fort Walla Walla on a new assignment.
This weekend, as part of a celebration of Fort Walla Walla Days, a Seattle group portaying them will pay a visit to the fort’s museum at 755 Myra Road.
Six men with horses from the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle will portray members of the the 10th Cavalry from 1878. They will be in full uniform and the horses will be outfitted with military saddles and tack.
The event will also include a display of hundreds of original Civil War artifacts, a Civil War hospital tent, fur trade camps, Plateau Indian beadwork and old fashioned children’s games.
When the U.S. Army expanded in 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry were formed with African-American enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. Plains Indian tribes nicknamed them “buffalo soldiers.”
Company M of the 24th Infantry was stationed at Fort Walla Walla from May 25-July 8, 1899.
From October 1902 to October 1904, the Fort served as the Headquarters of the 9th Cavalry.
Fort Walla Walla Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free for members and children 5 and younger; $3 for children 6-12; $6 for seniors and students; and $7 for adults. For more details call 525-7703 or see www.fortwallawallamuseum.org.