Ninth U.S. Cavalry
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry served with distinction and valor in combat during the Indian and Spanish American Wars. During American Expansionism and Manifest Destiny, their service provided safety and security to the early western settlers and early American borders against rogue Indian bands, Mexican encroachment and criminal elements.
In 1898, the 9th U.S. Cavalry fought alongside Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders at the battle of San Juan Hill and Kettle Hill. Later they served as his honor guard during his visit to San Francisco.
Stereoscopic photographs were invented in 1838, and used to produce the illusion of depth in a photograph, giving it a three dimensional appearance.
This stereograph is an example of the fame the Buffalo Soldiers garnered in the late 19th century. Stereograph circa 1898.
2014.8.9, Courtesy of The Library of Congress