The St. Cloud Democrat reports on African American soldiers.

July 02, 1863

The Negro Soldiers –

+It is not alone over the rebels in arms that the colored troops have won victories. – They have “conquered the prejudices” which two centuries of slavery have wrought into the fibre of our American thought. They have stricken down the fallacy that the black man is fit only for menial service, and has not capacity for progress and improvement. They have shown that ages of degradation and enforced inferiority have not utterly quenched the vital spark of manliness. They have accepted the severest and highest test to which men are accustomed to subject themselves, and they have not been found wanting. Last, but not least, they have baffled the insidious thought that their presence would demoralize the white troops with whom they fought as comrades.…

A few hundred black men filling soldiers’ graves in behalf of a flag which had its stars for the white man and too often its stripes for the negro, are an unanswerable argument, for the chivalrous white race, conscious of its own superiority, may graciously recognize valor wherever it is found.

St. Cloud Democrat. (Saint Cloud, Stearns County, Minn.), 02 July 1863. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

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