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Cathy Williams: From Slave to Buffalo Soldier (Great novels and memoirs of World War I) Hardcover – January 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Great novels and memoirs of World War I
  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811703401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811703406
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 woman named Cathy Williams. Tracing Williams through often-spotty records from her birth as a slave near Independence, MO, to her final days as a businesswoman in Trinidad, CO, Tucker extends the narrative to include broad perspectives, sweeping from a West African background to the expanse of the post-Civil War West. He focuses on Williams's service from 1866 to 1868 with the famed Buffalo Soldiers as they patrolled the historic 900-mile Santa Fe Trail. Tucker casts Williams as an inspirational champion against the odds in a feminine Horatio Alger story, brimming with testaments to personal initiative, desire to succeed, strength, and resiliency. He also touts the Buffalo Soldiers' roles as guardians of the frontier on the vanguard of Western development. A unique story of gender and race, time and place, Tucker's work is a recommended read that reaches across categories, from American, African American, and military history to Western and women's history. Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe

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Text: English, German (translation)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on May 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There is greater awareness because of the magnitude of this book and
its message. And I'll wager that there are few Americans today, Black
or White, who know about the incredible life of Cathy Williams. This
remarkable story now has a voice.
Once a slave in Independence, Missouri, Cathy Williams lived and
worked in the 'big house' as a servant to its mistress. And though
being a house servant carried greater privilege and status than
that of the field hand, Cathy began to resent the menial tasks she
performed as much as she resented her masters.
After the death of her owner, and having the good fortune of not
being sold to pay debts, Cathy realized that the fundamental premise
of slavery was a lie and this life was not her chosen destiny. So in
November 1866 she disguised herself as a man, used the name William
Cathay, and enlisted in Company A, 38th U.S. Infantry and became a
Buffalo Soldier. As the first and only African American woman to
serve in one of the six black units formed following the Civil War.
Interestingly enough, Williams was able to become a member of the
Army without detection of her sex, and it was imperative that she
keep her true identity unknown. Her adventures took her from Missouri
to the Mexican border where she served for nearly two years. After
her military career Cathy did not envision returning to her roots in
Missouri, plus her heart was now in the West. So she married and
created a life for herself on the Western frontier, as a business-
woman in Trinidad, CO.

There is much contention surrounding the validity of Cathy's story.
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An incredible true story about a remarkable young woman who somehow survived seemingly endless adversity and overcame all the odds to succeed in life in the end. This is the first biography of a female buffalo soldier, revealing her personal struggles and sacrifices in attempting to survive in a world that treated her so unfairly for nothing more than her gender and color. If anyone fit the classic model of an underdog, it was Cathy Williams, who had been born a slave. Nevertheless, she rose up in life by way of her own resourcefulness and intelligence . I learned a great deal from this first-ever biography of a female buffalo soldier. This book has provided an outstanding inspirational message about the importance of courage, determination, and faith that are necessary to beat the odds not only in the 19th Century but also in today's world as well.
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An Important Study about the Life of a Remarkable Young Woman who succeeded in overcoming ALL the odds. This is a vivid, unforgettable portrait of Cathy Williams, which is long-overdue. A very good inspirational work for all women today.
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Every one should read this book in order to know their history. I found it is so many people,even people of color never knew it was an African American the only female to service in the Buffalo Soldiers. This is why I'm the President/Founder of Cathy Williams Buffalo Soldier Regiment,Inc of Las Vegas ,to keep her legacy alive. The book is very good all our members has to read it so they will be able to tell the story.
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