18: Black History Blitz: Cathay Williams Buffalo Soldier
To tide you over while Im researching and writing longer episodes I've created a new segment called Black History blitz. Short, bite sized and fun, like any good snack its best when shared with friends, so tell your friends about it.
Today's Black history Blitz is about Cathy Williams. The first African American Woman to enlist in the United States Army and the only one we know about who did so posing as a man!!
- Williams was born in Independence, Missouri September 1844 and lived until 1893
- As a teen, Williams worked as a house slave on the outskirts of Jefferson City, Missouri.
- Despite there being a ban against women serving in the military, Cathay Williams enlisted in the Army under the false name of "William Cathay" on November 15, 1866, passing herself off as a man.
- She was assigned to the 38th United States Infantry Regiment after she passed a Brief medical examination.
- She was only discovered when a surgeon treating her for injuries realised she was a woman
- She was discharged from the Army on October 14, 1868. After having served for nearly 3 years
- In 2016, a bronze bust of Cathay Williams was unveiled outside the Richard Allen Cultural Center in Leavenworth, Kansas
Cathy Williams, we salute you!
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