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"Confederate Veteran" magazine opposed African Americans in the U.S. Army

Confederate Veteran, Editorial, Vol. 13 No. 1, January 1905, page 10, for the elimination of African Americans from the army. This magazine was the official publication of the United Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Confederated Southern Memorial Association, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The editorial follows:


Under the revised statutes of the United States only two regiments of negro infantrymen and two regiments of negro cavalrymen are allowed. Section 1104 reads: "The enlisted men of two regiments of cavalry shall be colored men." Section 1108 reads: "The enlisted men of two regiments of infantry shall be colored men." These are the only two sections of the statues, of the three hundred and fourteen that deal with the organization, government, etc., of the regular army, that provide for negro troops. No provision is made for Negroes in any save these two branches. It is further pointed out that, though Congress has from time to time increased and decreased the number of men allowed the regular army, never has there been any change in regard to negro troops. To eliminate negro troops entirely from the army as they are from the navy would meet with general approval, North as well as South.