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Milliken's Bend - Honoring the contributions of black soldiers during the Civil War
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About The Publisher

Leo Finegold

At fifteen, I worked as an usher for cultural events in the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium. I remember watching Negroes going to their seats. There was a small section reserved for "Colored Only" in the uppermost balcony. I was embarrassed for them and ashamed of my silence and participation in an event which only served to legitimize racial intolerance.

I have been fortunate to live long enough to witness and participate in my own small way in the generation of major changes in relations between blacks and whites in this nation. Yet, myths and prejudices persist. I hope that the material introduced on this website will contribute to a better understanding of the role of African-Americans in the preservation and development of these United States of America.

There existed great hostility and resistance from both "north" and "south" to the participation of Negroes as combat units in the Civil War. The action at Milliken's Bend, part of the Vicksburg campaign, was pivotal in earning respect for the military capabilities of United States Colored Troops.

The Scanned Document is a testimonial to the black community, which gave its most precious asset, its sons, brothers, and fathers to preserve the Union. The price was high, the path leading to future gains prolonged and painful. This testimonial is a letter hitherto unpublished, from a Union soldier who served in close proximity to the area in which the action, known as Milliken's Bend, took place.

Milliken's Bend
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