Cathy Williams: From Slave to Female Buffalo Soldier

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Stackpole Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Few Americans today, black or white, know about the incredible life of Cathy Williams. From her beginnings as a slave in Independence, Missouri, to her enlistment with Company A, 38th U.S. Infantry, in November 1866, the story of this remarkable woman deserves to finally be told. By disguising herself as a man and assuming the name William Cathay, Williams became a 'buffalo soldier, ' serving in one of the six black units formed following the Civil War. Her story tells us much about prevailing attitudes toward both race and gender in post-Civil War America
  

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An interesting read, but the book is overly repetitive in spots. The author jumps around quite a bit, intending to tie Cathy Williams into larger contexts: slavery, women soldier, black history ... Read full review

Cathy Williams: from slave to Buffalo Soldier

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The prize-winning author of The Confederacy's Fighting Chaplain here tells the remarkable tale of Pvt. William Cathay of Company A, 38th U.S. Infantry, who in fact was a big-boned, 5' 7" black ... Read full review

Contents

A Young Slave Named Cathy Williams
1
The Civil War Descends upon the Land
30
New Challenge in the Eastern Theater
59
Triumph of the Spirit First Female Buffalo Soldier
66
A Distinguished Legacy Perpetuated
80
The Buffalo Soldiers
89
Racial Clash at Fort Cummings
141
Winter Campaign against the Apache
156
Final Service in the Southwest
171
On Her Own Once Again
184
Cathy WilliamsStory as published in the January 2 1876 St Louis Daily Times
222
Notes
224
Bibliography
241
Index
252
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Phillip Thomas Tucker is the author or editor of more than 20 books on the Civil War and African American, women's, and Irish history. He is a United States Air Force historian at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC.

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