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In preparation for a research paper on Cathy Williams the first female Buffalo Soldier a book was from the library Cathy Williams from Slave Girl to Female Buffalo Soldier by Phillip Thomas Tucker Articles about Cathy were read and printed out from the internet The book Cathy Williams from Slave Girl to Female Buffalo Soldier was very insightful and a lot of information was obtained The articles helped to fill in some of the gaps in Cathys life that the book left out For instance the book gave the month but not actual dates that Cathy was sent to duty stations or infirmaries That information was obtained from the articles found online Cathy Williams First Female Buffalo Soldier Cathy Williams was born into slavery in September of 1844 Her mother was Martha Williams Her father is unknown although he could have been a freedman Marriage between her parents would have been illegal if this were the case because of their different social statuses She was born in or around Independence Missouri on a plantation owned by William Johnson Mr Johnson his family and servants including Cathy would move to Jefferson City Missouri around 1850 This is where she would grow up Cathy was considered a house girl As a household servant she was in the highest status in slave society Some of her chores could have been to set tables draw bath water cooking cleaning and assisting Mrs Johnson Mr Johnson died just before the start of the Civil War She stayed with his family even after his death Rebel soldiers would take over Jefferson City only to be defeated by the Union soldiers The Union soldiers then freed the slaves of Jefferson City including Cathy The 8th Indiana Regiment would take Cathy and other freed slaves as contraband
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