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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

"Although they had fought and died with their Union Army brothers-in-arms, Colored Troop soldiers found that the hard-won battlefield equality didn't always make its way onto the quieter streets of postwar society. That same year, Congress contemplated a question, too How do we revise and rebuild the military now that the bloodiest war in American history is over? It turns out that the answer to both questions was mostly the same.

The carnage of the Civil War had severely depleted military troop numbers. The Army needed more men, and it needed a new way to organize them. On July 28, 1866, the Army Reorganization Act authorized the formation of 30 new units, including two cavalry and four infantry regiments "which shall be composed of colored men." About half of the Civil War Colored Troops took the opportunity and signed on. For the first time in history, African American men were now considered "regular" soldiers. They could serve their country and further their quest for equality in the institution that gave them the best opportunity to do both the U. S. Army…."
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

Their pay sucked too, even though they completed their missions with equal or greater dedication than the other troops.

Dan
PS. I wonder if there's any record of what the pay scale was for the CSA Cherokee units:
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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 11:58 p.m. PST

Why post it to the ACW Board? Post to 19th Century and cross post it to the Old West.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 2:27 a.m. PST

Umm….. considering that nearly 180,000 black soldiers served in some fashion with the federal armies, there is no way that " About half of the Civil War Colored Troops took the opportunity and signed on. For the first time in history, African American men were now considered "regular" soldiers. They could serve their country and further their quest for equality in the institution that gave them the best opportunity to do both the U. S. Army…."

Trajanus16 Jun 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

For the first time in history, African American men were now considered "regular" soldiers. They could serve their country and further their quest for equality in the institution that gave them the best opportunity to do both the U. S. Army…."

Yeah and that didn't work out too well either considering the Army wasn't completely desegregated until 1954, six years after Truman signed the order to make so.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 10:56 a.m. PST

Rallynow… you really ask that?… (smile)

Have you read the article?

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Armand

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

Yes I did! It is a post ACW topic.

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