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African American Soldiers in the War of 1898
of 1812. Black draftees were treated with extreme hostility when they arrived for training. Two African-American Army sergeants, Cornelius. The sailors onboard, including the African Americans, were often sent to the infamous Dartmoor Prison, where the racial divisions they had left behind once again prevailed. The two combat divisions-the 92d and 93d Divisions-had two completely different experiences while fighting the Great War. They arrived in the port city of Brest in December 1917.
Unlike other American infantry divisions, the 93d was limited to four infantry regiments, three of which were comprised of National Guard units from New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Tennessee. Although only lasting one day, the attack was fierce and bloody, costing the division over 500 casualties. The Lincoln administration wrestled with the idea of authorizing the recruitment of black troops, concerned that such a move would prompt the border states to secede. Like all other American soldiers, the African American troops reveled in celebration and took justifiable pride the great victory they validity and Reliability helped achieve. Now instead of turning blacks away, the draft boards were doing all they could to bring them into service, southern draft boards in particular.