Historic Markers Across Florida



Site of the Camp of the 10th Cavalry, The "Buffalo Soldiers" May 14-June 7, 1898



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Location: on W. Peachtree St on Lake Wire, Lakeland, FL
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 28° 02.907    W 081° 57.607
  28.04845    -81.96011666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMTHB8
 



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Site of the Camp of the 10th Cavalry,
The "Buffalo Soldiers"
May 14-June 7, 1898


The 10th cavalry, one of four all black regiments in the regular army at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, camped at this site on the shore of Lake Wire in the spring of 1898 while awaiting transport to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War. The black regiments gained renown and the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers" as a result of their exploits in campaigns against the American Indians on the western frontier. The forward elements of the 10th cavalry arrived in Lakeland on May 14 and established a camp on Lake Wire. Here they remained until June 7, when they left for Cuba.

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