30 Minutes features historian Dr. Michael Engs discussing the 100th year anniversary of Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and in particular the valor of the United States Buffalo Soldiers from the 10th Cavalry who were stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1913 to 1933.
The expedition into Mexico to seek out Francisco Pancho Villa was in retaliation for Villa’s attack on the village of Columbus, New Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. Dr. Engs describes the first African American graduate of West Point Henry O. Flipper and the third African American Graduate of West Point Charles Young.
Michael also worked as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1964 – 1969 and brings a great deal of knowledge in interpreting history for the public. Since 1983 he has been researching the history of African Americans in the Southwest and has lectured on the Buffalo soldiers. As a member of TPT, Michael has written a number of successful grants and participates in the Living History program.
Recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger.
The crossed swords of the 10th Calvary.