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Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Comes in Like a Lion- "A mountain of prejudice was removed in an instant"

The first sight the Army of the Potomac had of colored troops was on the occasion of Kilpatrick's raid in March, 1864. The Times correspondent wrote: "Near New Kent court house the command came across the first colored troops they had ever seen. Here was a full brigade which had been marched up; and as the cavalry passed by cheer, after cheer was given by both commands. No brigade ever made a better appearance or a better impression upon those who for the first time saw colored troops. A mountain of prejudice was removed in an instant."

-War Papers, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Maine
Publisher    Thurston Print, 1908

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