The Buffalo Soldiers served a crucial role in American history, but much of their exciting and dramatic service is glossed over or forgotten.
Buffalo Soldiers were established by Congress as the first all African-American regiments in the U.S. Army. The members of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry and the Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Infantry Regiments are not often referenced in modern culture, but their legacy and work helped shape the United States of America.
“Buffalo Soldiers: South of the Rio Grande” by William C. Moton shares the story of unsung military heroes in American history. Set in the early part of the 1900s, an African-American Army officer and a Buffalo Soldier attempt to rescue captured U.S. forces at the height of the Mexican Revolution.
Moton’s four years of experience in the Navy, love of travel and his time working in the film industry in Mexico helped him develop the dramatic storyline of “Buffalo Soldiers.”
“I wrote this book because there is little known about earlier black soldiers,” Moton said. “I want to emphasize the Afro-American experience.”
Moton’s book highlights lesser-known stories from history and the heroes that risked their lives for America. “Buffalo Soldiers” follows the mission of two African-Americans in the Army, set out to rescue American prisoners. The two men overcome physical obstacles, racial tension and chaos of war.
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"Captain Gilmore, an African American officer, and Jenkins Craves, an old buffalo soldier with combat experience, make an odd duo. But together they serve one mission. At the height of the Mexican Revolution, they are commanded to transport Lieutenant Calderon and several other Mexican prisoners to make an exchange for American prisoners. The mission should be simple, with the Americans being held in a small town a few days’ ride from the pair’s location, but as Gilmore soon finds, nothing is simple south of the border. Their team meets a young woman who travels alone to collect the belongings of a relative: a soldier shot dead by Mexican federal soldiers. Gilmore feels the need to protect this woman, so she joins their team. It’s a good thing, too, as they are soon attacked by bandits, the Mexican Federal Army, and a variety of no-good turncoats. Despite these hazards, Gilmore and Craves are determined to complete their mission and save American lives … but who will save them?"
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Buffalo Soldiers: South of the Rio Grande
By William C. Moton
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About the author
William C. Moton served four years in the U.S. Navy, traveling throughout Asia. He attended West Los Angeles College before studying international relations and Latin American studies at the University of the Americas in Cholula Puebla, Mexico, where he also worked in the local film industry. His passions include social studies and history, which helped him write “Buffalo Soldiers: South of the Rio Grande.”
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