During the Battle of Las
Guasimas, Cuba on June 24, 1898, Major Bell of the 1st Cavalry had gone down
with a wound to the leg. Captain C.G. Ayers attempted to carry him from the
field, but his shattered leg bone broke through the skin causing so much pain
that Ayers had to let him down.
The fire was so intense that in one plot of ground fifty feet square
sixteen men were killed or wounded. Still, there was a fellow American
soldier badly hurt and in need of assistance, and Private Augustus Walley-of
the famed "Buffalo Soldiers,"-his compassion overcoming
self-preservation, ran to help. Between Ayers and Walley, Bell was dragged to
The 9th and 10th U.S.
Cavalry-"Buffalo Soldiers"-were recipients of Hand-me-down
uniforms, equipment, weapons...and discrimination. Of all American soldiers,
they had the hardest fight. There was not only the enemy to defeat, but the
hearts and minds of their fellow soldiers to be won.