Catto Joins PA National Guard Timelines: The Catto Years

After the Civil War, Catto joins the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 5th Brigade at the invitation of the Brigade Commander, General Louis Wagner. Catto was promoted to Brigade Inspector General with the rank of Major, making him the highest ranking African-American in the military services at that time. His role was to inspect the troops, while riding on horseback. It is said that Catto was a very capable horseman.