Cathay Williams, Buffalo Soldier, 1844- CA. 1892

Cathay Williams, Buffalo Soldier, 1844- CA. 1892 (HM2I63)

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N 37° 10.162', W 104° 30.13'

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At a time when the military banned women, former slave Cathay Williams disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the all-Black 38th Infantry in 1866. She served honorably as Pvt. "William Cathay" for nearly two years. Ready to give up army life, she allowed a doctor to discover her secret. She lived in Trinidad during her final years.

Williams was the first known African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army and the only known female Buffalo Soldier. Her service represents the contributions of all African-American women who helped settle the West.
HM NumberHM2I63
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Placed ByDenver Colorado Chapter Buffalo Soldiers, 9th and 10th Horse Calvary Association, Black American West Heritage and History Center, History Colorado
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Date Added Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 544196 N 4113777
Decimal Degrees37.16936667, -104.50216667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.162', W 104° 30.13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 9.72" N, 104° 30' 7.7999999999999" W
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