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Concise historical past of the valiant carrier of recent York's African American infantrymen.

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Even though their efforts were rebuffed by the municipality, by late July 1861 the city’s black residents still offered to raise three regiments of volunteers. When this offer was presented to Governor Edwin D. 15 To sum up at this point, attempts to form volunteer black militia companies in the New York City area from 1854 to 1862 came to naught. Despite the strong desire of black citizens to form volunteer companies, they were not allowed to become a part of the city’s militia force or to form volunteer regiments for federal service.

1902, a water color by Barry E. Thompson. (Anthony Gero Collection) 38 BL ACK SOLD I ERS O F N E W YO RK STAT E Amazingly, with these precedents from other states before them, New York State did not form any black volunteer units during the War of 1898. Even when patriotic black New Yorkers asked New York’s Governor Frank S. Black to accept them as volunteers, he refused, explaining that the color line in the National Guard of the state was traditional and was still to be maintained. The official records of New York State during this short war are painful to review, but facts are stubborn things, and the record speaks clear.

7 If black New Yorkers were in the Coast Guard in the years after the Civil War, more research has to be uncovered to verify their services, if, indeed, it happened at all. 32 BL ACK SOLD I ERS O F N E W YO RK STAT E As for the various state militias and national guards, the record is mixed. From 1868 through 1876, black militia units can be found in the Radical Republican state governments set up in the South, but these units were eventually eradicated by the late 1870s. The level of resistance to the Radical Republican administrations in the South and to black militia units that formed, by some white southerners, can remind one of what occurred in the former Yugoslavia in the late twentieth century.

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