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  • FEMALE BUFFALO SOLDIER – PRIVATE William Cathay or Cathay Williams

    BY JANICE FRALIN-STEELE This is the story of one of U.S. history’s most extraordinary women to have ever put on a uniform.  She was born Cathay Williams, but history will best remember her as William Cathay: the only female Buffalo Soldier.  Cathay Williams was born into slavery in Independence Missouri in 1842.  She was owned…

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