President Trump recently used his executive powers to designate a national monument to honor African Americans’ role as soldiers during the War Between the States. The monument will be a 380-acre site in Kentucky to commemorate Camp Nelson, which was one of the largest recruitment stations for the United States Colored Troops. The unfortunate reality is that the monument will probably not have any information about black Confederates. This would be a mistake by the President, as there are many black Southerners that served proudly during Late Unpleasantness. It’s also a shame to only focus on the years 1861-1865, as black Americans have been contributing greatly to military affairs since the beginning.
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