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Re: Reference : Port Hudson, La. massacre
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Thank you for your prayers Lloyd.
I do understand where you are coming from reference the Port Hudson casualties.
The unigueness of the Port Hudson Battle is that the imediate field of battle was not occupied by either force imediately after the battle ended. To tread into it meant death from the guns of the attacking and the defending forces. At many of the points of the most desparate fighting, Black troops could clearly hear rebel soldiers calling them out, "kill the (nigger's or darkie's)", "spare the whites!" They would hear this chilling battle cry again at Fort Pillow. Many a white infantrymen was spared at Port Hudson because of the presence of the regiments of the LaNG. The tradgedy of the aftermath of the battle is the indignity suffered upon the dead and the dying. That they could be heard and seen,and nothing could be done for them. Those who dared to attempt to venture out into the "killing field" to retrieve the dead,comfort or relieve the pain of the wounded would surely become the latest battlefield casualties. That the brave Black survivors of the engagement witnessed this tradgedy and fought on and determinationed that they would not give up thier right to secure thier own freedom,is testiment to the metal and intestinal fortitude of the "Black Phalanx". No indignity suffered upon them by rebel forces would deter them. Black troops knew the color of thier skin would be a death sentence for them if they were caught or wounded on ground won by rebel forces.
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