Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army


John Langellier, Ph.D.

In this program hosted by Shelly Dudley of Guidon Books, author and historian John Langellier, Ph.D. examines the role African American soldiers played in opening the Trans-Mississippi West. Learn how these formerly enslaved men fought for their freedom on Civil War battlefields, carried the “Stars and Stripes” to the Caribbean and pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico with John “Black Jack” Pershing.

Langellier received his Ph.D. in military history from Kansas State University, and is the author of scores of articles and dozens of books. He has served as a consultant to film and television productions such as “Geronimo: An American Legend” and co-produced two episodes of A&E’s Time Machine series, “The Buffalo Soldiers” and “The Buffalo Soldiers: The Legend Continues.” He is an honorary member of the 9th and 10th U.S. Horse Cavalry Association, and a Smithsonian Institution fellow.

After his presentation, Langellier will sign his latest book “Fighting for Uncle Sam: Black Soldiers in the Frontier Army” in the museum store, where the book will be available for purchase. The event is free to the public; admission is required for gallery access. Produced in collaboration with Guidon Books.

Included with museum admission; free to museum members.