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Re: Capt. Louis Antoine Snaer, Civil War

Here is the article:

Stop quibbling over whether Obama is black

09:18 AM PDT on Sunday, May 13, 2007

By WILLIAM R. SNAER

Sen. Barack Obama and Capt. Louis Antoine Snaer were born 119 years apart in Hawaii and Louisiana , respectively. But Obama and Snaer have something in common that still needs to be addressed in America: how we define race.

There is a picture of Snaer in the hallway of my home because he is my great-grandfather. He is standing in his Civil War uniform. He was an officer in the Louisiana Native Guard, a unit of the state militia created by the Confederacy.

After the battle of New Orleans , the Louisiana Native Guard was allowed into the Union Army. This sounds very unlikely, but it happened. It happened because the Native Guard was a unit of black troops commanded by mixed-race officers.

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Ed Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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