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"Indiana Repudiates Negro Regiment – From an intimate knowledge of the military affairs in Indiana, I can positively say tht negro enlistments would be repugnant in the highest degree to the people and authorities of the State, and if a measure so distasteful as that should be act on foot, it would not be tolerated by our citizens. Even a single company or a corporal’s guard of negro soldiers, under any contingency likely to arise, could not be raised in Hoosierdom for the reasons stated. By giving this an insertion in your valuable journal, you will correct a misrepresentation which does a great injustice to the gallant and patriotic people of our state. – W.H.H. Terrell, Military Secretary to Governor of Indiana, Washington City, August 6, 1862" – Published in the Philadelphia Inquirier

"Almost fifty years before the (Civil) War, the South was already enlisting and utilizing Black manpower, including Black commissioned officers, for the defense of their respective states. Therefore, the fact that Free and slave Black Southerners served and fought for their states in the Confederacy cannot be considered an unusual instance, rather continuation of an established practice with verifiable historical precedence." – "The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell" by Lt. Col

[Ret.] Michael Lee Lanning

Col. Kelley

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