This week in the Civil War for September 1, 1863
John W. January

Swearing in Native American soldiers

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During the Civil War, there was no distinction made when a Native American joined the U.S. Colored Troops.

Well into the twentieth century, the word “colored” included not only African Americans, but Native Americans as well. Individual accounts revealed that many Pequot from New England served in the 31st U.S. Colored Infantry of the Army of the Potomac, as well as other U.S.C.T. regiments.

Source: W. David Baird et al. 2009. ""We are all Americans", Native Americans in the Civil War

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