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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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Community, Memory, and the Integrated Post

Community, Memory, and the Integrated Post

(p.99) 8 Community, Memory, and the Integrated Post
The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that an integrated post represented a world that black and white veterans with disparate political views, from varying social and economic groups and a wide variety of military backgrounds, made together. African Americans with all types of military service were welcomed. Some had seen a great deal of combat, while others had been garrison troops. White veterans, who were typically the majority, often dominated post affairs, but black veterans played an active role as officers and committee members. Despite their minority status, African Americans were able to use their membership in these groups to advance their own version of Civil War Memory.

Keywords:   integrated post, political views, military backgrounds, African Americans, military service, garrison troops

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