Desccendants Jubilee Project

Join the Cavalry! Horsemen are wanted for historic interpretatio

If you would like to ride with the Cavalry or just learn how to portray a Cavalryman of the United States Colored Troops (Civil War) or a mounted trooper of the 9th or 10th Regiment of the United States Army 1866-1874 (Buffalo Soldiers), Contact Us.

Training in cavalry tactics will be conducted. Assistance in acquiring the correct uniform, weapons and horse equipment will be provided. Ownership of /or access to a horse is expected but not absolutely necessary, if you already know how to ride it's a plus.  Please use the contact us page of this website.

Come and join the Cavalry

As an active cavalryman, you'll be a part of the elite force of men who represent the seven cavalry regiments that existed within the ranks of the black soldiers of the Jubilee. There were six federal regiments of cavalry. They were designated one through six United States Colored Cavalry. The seventh regiment was formed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry. Because the most active battle-tested, black cavalry unit fought as the 3rd United States Colored Cavalry in the western theater of the Civil War, the 3rd USCC is the preeminent cavalry unit within the horse soldier reenactors of the United States Colored Troops. Many of us also ride as Buffalo Soldiers, so we always have to make sure that we have the correct accoutrements and weapons for the units we are portraying.

The cavalry uniforms from 1863 - 1872 are different from the uniforms used after 1872 during the Indian Wars period of the Buffalo Soldiers (9th and 10th Cavalry) . The horse equipment is also different. The cavalry trainig we use is Cooke' s Cavalry Tactics. They were written by Brigadier General, Philip St. George Cooke and authorized by the War Department. They came into use in 1863. Black cavalrymen were trained using Cooke's. The saddles used are McClellan saddles but once again, there is a difference between a Civil War period saddle and one used during the Indian Wars period.

Officers and men in USCT reenactment units accurately reflect the make up of the commissioned, non-commissioned and enlisted ranks of the Civil War period. Although the 3rd USCC reenactors usually participate in events at the patrol or squad level where the highest ranking NCO is a Troop Sergeant, when assembled as a Company the First Sergeant, Quartermaster Sergeant, Saddler Sergeant etc. defer to the leadership of a Second -Lieutenant, First Lieutenant or a Captain, all of whom are Commissioner Officers .

Horse training is done as School of the Trooper, School of the Platoon or School of the Squadron. Most training is conducted as School of the Trooper because of the difficulty of assembling groups of horses and men. At major reenactment events, time is always set aside for School of the Platoon or even School of the Squadro,n so that troopers can train in larger groups for tactical purposes. At any rate, preparing to become a cavalryman with the USCC requires commitment and discipline. If you love horses and would like to ride as a cavalryman, contact us. We'll help you get started.

Re-enactors call to Action:

Buffalo Soldier re-enactment units are also accepting recruits especially if you are a horseman. The 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Assocaition is made up of many of the last active duty memebers of these historic regiments from the 20th century. Most Buffalo Soldier re-enactment units are different, they commemorate and portray the frontier regiments of the late 19th century. These re-enactment units are made up of mounted cavalrymen who present living history from the perspective of the U.S. Cavalry Regiments of the western frontier through the Spanish American War.

As you can see from the information on this website, there is a demand for black re-enactors and living historians. The only requirements are a love of history and willingness to have fun. Don't be misled by attempts to sell tourisn as history. This is where period authenticity and historical accuracy conflict with the monetary appeal of getting tourists to fill overnight hotel beds. It is also where the historical facts are sometimes sacrificed for something more photogenic or aesthetically appealing. It is important to thoroughly research the events and characters you want to present . The local library or the internet can help tp provide information about a historical period or a specific event in history that interests you.

It is easy to begin military re-enacting. Depending upon your level of interest, you can enjoy your new hobby without going broke in the process. Depending upon where you reside, there are many amateur historians and re-enactors ready to assist you. You should feel comfortable contacting one of us.

Here are pictures of my characters in the attire of different periods that I present as a re-enactor and living historian.

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Civil War Indian Wars Old West
United States Colored Cavalry
Civil War
10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier
Indian Wars
Cowboy Character
Frontier West

One thing is paramount; you must take the time to research your character and the period of time in which he (or she) lived. There is no worse violation as a re-enactor, than to be unaware of the clothing worn or the tools and equipment used by a historical character that you are portraying. Historical accuracy is very important, it gives your character credibility so that you can tell the story you’d like your audience to know.

You don’t have to be completely accurate as a re-enactor in a military unit right away, although you will need to look the part. The more experienced members of the unit you join will help you to develop your uniform accurately and guide you as you acquire your weapons and accoutrements. It is always important to improve your portrayal of the character(s) you’ve selected. Eventually you will become that character and people will be paying attention. So, you'll need to read whatever you can about your unit and the type of soldier you are portraying.

Black historical characters are sometimes a little more difficult to research because most mainstream/traditional historians didn’t research the details of black historical characters of American history until fairly recently. A lot of that is changing. There are now many reliable authors and historians who have done a lot of the work for you. We’ll talk more about them later on. So for now, figure out who you would like to become and get started. We’ll continue to discuss what steps to take to become a re-enactor or living historian and the differences between the two classifications. Contact us for tips on getting started.

The Frontier West

How often have you wanted to ride your horse in a parade portraying a black character from the Frontier West? There are many historical interpretations to consider. They include Lawmen, Drovers, Scouts, Outlaws, Merchants, Soldiers and Settlers. We provide period authentic, historically accurate, characters for Education Programs, Parades and Special Events. Bring your character to life for the public. Contact us!


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