National Archives at Kansas City

Author Dr. Debra Sheffer to Discuss -The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns- at the National Archives

Press Release: September 9, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Author Dr. Debra Sheffer to Discuss The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host author Dr. Debra Sheffer who will discuss her book The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

This fascinating saga follows the story of the Buffalo Soldiers as they participated in key events in America's history. Sheffer discusses the impetus for the earliest black military service, how that service led to the creation of the Buffalo Soldiers, and how these men - and one woman - continued to serve in the face of epic obstacles. The work celebrates their significant military contributions to the campaigns of the American frontier and other battles, their fighting experiences, and life on the plains. Starting with the American Revolution, the book traces the heroic journey of these legendary servicemen from the period when black Americans first sought full citizenship in exchange for military service to the integration of the military and the dissolution of all-black regiments. Several chapters highlight the special achievements of the 9th and 10th United States Cavalry and the 24th and 25th United States Infantry. The book also features the accomplishments - both of the unit and individuals - of the Buffalo Soldiers in battle and beyond.

This program is presented in partnerhsip with Park University. Copies of The Buffalo Soldiers will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Author

Debra J. Sheffer, PhD, is Professor of History at Park University. She was a 2007 Fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. Her publications include Buffalo Soldiers, 1914-1918 in the International Encyclopedia of the First World War; The Buffalo Soldiers: A Comprehensive History; Lincoln’s wartime diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation, in The Routledge Handbook of American Diplomatic and Military History, Colonial Period to 1877; and The Convergence, in A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign. Her current research examines honor and death in the American Civil War. Sheffer holds a doctorate in Military History, United States History, and Indigenous Peoples from the University of Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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