Racism in Union Ranks

The September 8, 1865 Charleston Courier (Charleston, Missouri) reports an incident which occurred in Paducah, Kentucky. Apparently an Illinois and Minnesota Union regiment were being relieved of duty as provost guards in the City of Paducah, Kentucky by a negro regiment.

…the white soldiers concluded that they had been outraged by the presence of negro soldiers and abolition lies that all the brave fighting that during the war had been done by negroes.

According to the Courier:

“.the white soldiers concluded that they had been outraged by the presence of negro soldiers and abolition lies that all the brave fighting that during the war had been done by negroes, and the took the matter into their own hands and concluded to wreak revenge upon the blacks with stones and revolvers”

Fri, Sep 8, 1865 – 5 · The Charleston Courier (Charleston, Missouri) · Newspapers.com

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