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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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Where Separate Grand Army Posts Are Unknown, as Colored and White Are United

Where Separate Grand Army Posts Are Unknown, as Colored and White Are United

The Integrated Post

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The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that many black veterans shared their fellowship with white veterans in hundreds of integrated posts in cities and towns across the United States. African Americans enrolled in predominantly white posts in large cities such as Denver, Colorado, and Hartford, Connecticut, and in small towns such as Piqua, Ohio; Peoria, Illinois; and, most improbably, Maryville, Tennessee. The prewar social structure of states, slave or free, and the disparate nature of veterans' Civil War experiences explain why some states had more integrated posts than others. More integrated posts existed in free states than in former slave states. White soldiers who had served with black troops in wartime appeared to be more open to sharing their fellowship in peacetime than those who did not.

Keywords:   black veterans, fellowship, white veterans, integrated posts, African Americans, prewar social structure

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