Were blacks allowed in the Veteran Reserve Corps?

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major bill

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I do not recall hearing of any USCT Veteran Reserve Corps units. I do not know if blacks were allowed in the Veteran Reserve Corps but it does seem like there would have been a fair number of partly disabled USCT soldiers. So if a USCT became to disabled to serve in an active USCT unit, were they simply discharged?
 

Mortari

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They were called the Invalid corps before that and I've found very little. Here's an old review of a book called Grant, Lincoln and the freedmen by General John Eaton (former commissioner of Education and later during the war was Superintendent of Negro affairs in Tennessee).

According to the review he oversaw some of the Negro invalid corps during the war

https://books.google.com/books?id=5vlNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq="negro"+invalid+corps&source=bl&ots=QS6MTQ2TAw&sig=k4UoYQp9LUA3UhSyZUBEhG15LLo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiCqM34yJveAhVkp4MKHdIHBQIQ6AEwDXoECAEQAQ#v=onepage&q="negro" invalid corps&f=false


Also found this
https://blackimagestereotype.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/b1084-the-invalid-corps.jpeg


That's all I can find....

NVM. Also found the book

https://archive.org/details/grantlincolnfre1609eato/page/104

"Organization, by Grant's advice, of the colored invalid corps, or "home guards". And then page 112. He mentions them a bit more, saying they added about 2500 men to the military forces in the valley.
 

gary

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Good find Motari. However, while they were originally called the Invalid Corps, it was later renamed the Veterans Reserve Corps.
 
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