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Re: Capt. Louis Antoine Snaer, Civil War
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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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