RARE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR LEGGINGS
THESE LEGGINGS BELONGED TO BLACK OFFICER LT. JOHN R. RUDD
CO. A, 9TH BATTALION, O.V.I
RESEARCH PAPERS ON LT. JOHN R. RUDD WILL BE ADDED WITH THESE ARTIFACTS.
Black Americans were enthusiastic about helping to fight the Spanish-American War (1898) partly because they identified and sympathized with Afro-Cubans who lived under extreme Spanish oppression. Black volunteers flocked to the recruiting stations throughout the United States, however, they were disappointed for they were rejected or delayed by recruiting centers and were not readily given commissions.
Blacks felt they were well qualified to be awarded commissions and voiced their resentment in newspapers, sermons and by demonstrations. Initially, only organized State National Guard Volunteer units were accepted. This excluded blacks because in the Northern and Western states few blacks were accepted in state units, and the Southern states barred them altogether. Black citizens raised volunteer units with black officers and offered them to the states; however under laws governing National Guards, such units could not be accepted. Finally, blacks appealed to the President of the United States and to Congress. Congress authorized temporary regiments for blacks, but the War Department insisted upon making all field and staff officers white, while allowing the company grade to be black. The President's call for volunteers, however, was left to the state governor.
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SPANISH AMERICAN WAR LEGGINGS ID TO SOLDIER
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