- Apr 4, 2017
"This small book contains the names of more than a thousand black soldiers who did not serve in the USCT (United States Colored Troops) during the Civil War. Rather, they served in white regiments, mainly as cooks. However, they were not mere hired "contrabands," the name by which General Benjamin Butler called runaway slaves who fled to the Yankees penetrating the South. They were bona fide soldiers, as their discharge and pension papers substantiate."