In June 1867, William Christy, a farmer from Pennsylvania, enlisted in the 10th Cavalry. The 10th was a black regiment whose men would soon be referred to as “buffalo soldiers” after they were sent to take part in the Indian Wars of the latter 19th century.
Christy’s tenure with the unit was short. The 10th Cavalry’s regimental return for August 1867 notes that he was killed in action on August 2nd, the first buffalo soldier to die in combat.
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