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why in the american civil war did they only have white officers?

During the American Civil War, United States Coloured Troops (USCT) had white officers as it was felt blacks were inferior and could not command, due to attrition it was a policy that did not last long as by the end of the war there were already 80 to 90 Afro American officers. Blacks faced discrimination well into the sixties and some still claim they face discrimination.   The United States was not unique with this policy most of the Colonial armies practiced it; the French was the first to relax the policy while the British held on to it the longest.

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Gary Adams


If it has to do with the War of Northern Aggression, I have usually been able to answer them all.


Assisted editor Southorn Reenactor, consultant with several books and magazines.

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Assisted editor Southron Reenactor, consultant with several books and magazines to include Coles.

I have three degrees, sadly not in History.

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