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Ulysses S. Grant to Lorenzo Thomas, June 16, 1863

Ulysses Simpson Grant, detail
Following the Battle of Milliken's Bend, General Ulysses S. Grant offered a clear endorsement of black troops after reports of their heroism convinced him of their value to the Union army. Noting that their conduct had been "most gallant," Grant claimed that with "good officers" black men would make "good troops." The document was a cover letter to the official report by General Elias S. Dennis. (By Matthew Pinsker)


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