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Re: UNION NAVY - Mississippi River
In Response To: Re: UNION NAVY - Mississippi River ()
I had posted my message when I read Bennie's re black sailors in the Federal Mississippi R. fleet. I had recently been out to Vicskburg park (about a half hour drive from where I live) and visited the very interesting Cairo museum-and that's where I got the muster roll handout.
But I am not totally disinterested--and the info I copied from the Vicksburg handout and what you posted re the black sailors on the Cairo is a perfect examle of how "history" gets messed up. And in this case I think the folks at Vicksburg did the messing.
You have John Mitchell's civilian trade as "sailor," Vicksburg gives "unknown"
All minor stuff I admit. But all too often I have seen minor errors become major legends/urban myths.