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By Charles L. Kenner

The inclusion of the 9th Cavalry and 3 different African American regiments within the post–Civil battle military used to be one of many nation’s such a lot problematical social experiments. the 1st fifteen years following its association in 1866 have been stained through mutinies, slanderous verbal attacks, and sadistic abuses by means of their officials. finally, a couple of thoughtful and devoted officials and noncommissioned officials created an elite and well-disciplined combating unit that received the consideration of all however the such a lot racist whites.

Charles L. Kenner’s certain biographies of officials and enlisted males describe the passions, aspirations, and conflicts that either sure blacks and white jointly and pulled them aside. distinctive recognition is given to the ordeals of 3 black officials assigned to the 9th: Lieutenants John Alexander and Charles younger and Chaplain Henry Plummer. the topics of those biographies—blacks and whites alike—represent each part of human nature. the easiest discovered that development might purely be accomplished via belief and cooperation.

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