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pianist Bud Powell's ancestors

Since my last post, I have widened my search for Powell's paternal grandfather. While I still believe that the most likely place to find his name is on a list of those African-American volunteers who served in the Spanish-Amercian War, it's possible that he was also involved in the Brownsville (Texas) Incident.

I consider this remote: If he served in Cuba, or in a company that was called up, at that time, for Cuba but didn't leave the US, then it's unlikely that he was also in Texas ten years later. But I don't want to rule out anything.

So: How can I see the list of soldiers who were at Brownsville at that time -- is the group that President Carter pardoned listed somewhere on the internet? And is that list comprehensive?

I would also like any leads to information about an incident, which involved African-American soldiers, that happened in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. I believe that a shooting took place that had nothing to do with the combat. Rather, it was an incident that required a military disciplining of the soldiers involved.

Does anyone know if, for instance, Coston's book discusses this incident? Powell's grandfather might've been involved in it.

Thanks for any leads.

Peter Pullman


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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