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[Philippines]: [African American Military]
[MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN OFFICER IN COMPANY M, 24th INFANTRY REGIMENT, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, WRITTEN WHILE STATIONED IN THE PHILIPPINES DURING THE OPENING MONTHS OF WORLD WAR I]
[Camp McGrath, near Batangas, Philippines, 1914. [95]pp., numbered 376-470, written on rectos only, approximately 19,000 words. Quarto. Original "Homespun Linen Bond" notebook, pictorial front wrapper, cardboard rear board, bound by a cloth strip and string along top edge. Moderate wear and soiling, a few short closed tears to front wrapper. Some toning and minor edge wear to text. Withal, in very good condition. An unusual manuscript record kept by a junior officer in a "Buffalo Soldiers" regiment in Southeast Asia during the opening months of the First World War. This diary was written by the unidentified officer with the 24th Infantry Regiment while stationed at Camp McGrath near Batangas in the Philippines. The 24th Infantry Regiment - one of the legendary units of Buffalo Soldiers comprised of African American enlisted men - had a long and distinguished record of service. From its formation in 1869 until 1898, the regiment served in the Amerian West fighting Native Americans and helping to settle the western plains. The 24th thereafter participated in the Spanish-American War, spent several stints in the Philippines from 1899 to 1916 (from whence the present diary springs), guarded the U.S.-Mexico border duing the Mexican Revolution, and fought in World War II and the Korean War. Almost daily, the diarist mentions officer training, which would have sadly been out of reach for African-American soldiers in the American Army until after World War II. The text provides an unusually-detailed accounting of daily activities in the Army for a period of two months in 1914, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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