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Re: No Wine for the 93rd
In Response To: Re: No Wine for the 93rd ()


You're right Jim.Remember what we found in research 16yrs.ago?Tom if you are interested,view the 372nd capsule history that Jim Ball and I wrote and Posted on this forum.See previous threads.The 372n nd was made up of Black National Guard units from MD,DC,Mass,TN,OH,and Conn.with 250 drafftees from Michigan and Wisconsin.The 372nd has the longest of all the other regiments of the 93rd Div.It history goes back to 1863.Many historians often overlook this regiment and the 370th of Illinois and the 371st to focus on the 369th(Harlem Hellfighters).Most only keep repeating the same Generic info on them.

The main reason why the 369th got more publicity and are more well known to most is the fact that the unit had famous Black entertainers,athletes,Govermnent officails in the unit before the war.They werent organized until 1916 and thier desigation was 15th NY Inf. at that time.The other regiments (370th,371st,and 372nd),fought every bit as gallant as they did.The 370th was unique to the fact that from its begining up until 1918 it was totally staffed and officered by Blacks.From the Colonel down to the Private.

The 370th was attached to the French 59th Div.Both 371st and 372nd were attached to the French 157th(Red Hand)Div.The 369th served with the 161st French Div.They all were retrained and requipped as a French unit all using French arms and equipment no French uniforms issued.

Thanks for your interest,

Sgt.Richard Ford
372nd Inf.93rd Div. AEF
372e R.I.U.S. 157e,D.I.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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