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“Buffalo Soldiers” 

Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc. 

of Tampa Bay, Florida

of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association

The Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc. is the first registered chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers in the State of Florida. It was named after congressional medal of honor recipients, Sgt. Brent Woods and MSgt. George Wanton.
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Regiment, a black unit was created after the Civil War.
The soldiers fought in the Spanish American War, assisted with the expansion of the west, and contributed to the Indian War of the Great Plains. Native Americans were impressed with the courage and tenacity of these men and honored them with the name “Buffalo Soldiers”. 
Today, the Tampa Chapter is a(501)(c)(3)non-profit organization, that is committed to fostering patriotism, courage, and self reliance in our youth by:
  • Supporting local schools and youth organization that promote sound mind, body, and spirit.
  • Exemplifying high moral standards, respect for God and country while promoting community involvement.
We participate in community events such as the Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremony, Gasparilla Parades, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hernando Desoto Grand Parade,  Martin Luther King Parade, Brandon 4th of July day Parade, City of Tampa Events, Annual Black History Program, Junior Buffalo Soldiers, Color Guard, and a host of other community service participation! 


Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc.
Members:    49
Membership Open?:    Yes
Male or female?:    Both
Founded:    1988
By whom?:    John Padgett, Israel Tillman, and Charles Vann
Motto:    “We Can. We Will.” “Ready and Forward”
In Gasparilla parade?:    Yes, including Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade (Tampa), Sant’ Yago Knight Parade, Florida Heritage Festival Parade, Festival of States Parade, Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Military Color Guard, Veterans Programs and Historical Presentations.
Costume:    Representation of 1870 uniforms worn by all black US Cavalry units established on July 28, 1866.
Initiation fee:    $75
Dues:    $250; spouses and members outside local area $100
Volunteer requirements:    25 hours community service, and or mentoring youth in the Junior Buffalo Soldiers program.
Elect queen and king?:    Yes
Name debutantes?:    No
Social events:    Black Tie Buffalo Soldiers Coronation Ball, the first Saturday in May, annually. The coronation ball coincides with the arrival of the Buffalo Soldiers in Tampa on May 2, 1898.
Where members live:    Tampa Bay area
Contact:    Trooper Lonnie Reddick 813-948-1121
Trooper Frank Bell, Jr 813-886-3260

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Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc.

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The Woods & Wanton Chapter, Inc.
9th & 10th Horse Cavalry Association
P. O. Box 76582
Tampa, Florida 33675-1585
Trooper Lonnie Reddick 813-948-1121
Trooper Frank Bell, Jr 813-886-3260

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