Spanish / American War Soldier Leggings

These leggings belonged to black Officer LT. John R. Rudd

CA. A, 9th Battalion, O.V.I 


* Research on LT. John R. Rudd  will be added with these leggings. 


* Black Americans in the Spanish American Wars *

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.


* The Spanish–American War *

The Spanish–American War was an armed conflict between Spain and the United States in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. The war led to the U.S. emerging predominant in the Caribbean region, and resulted in U.S. acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions. That led to U.S. involvement in the Philippine Revolution and later to the Philippine Insurrection.


Spanish / American War Soldier Leggings

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