Retired Teachers Pieces Together History of Black Soldiers in Civil War

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Juanita Patience Moss was shocked to learn that her great-grandfather would not be included among the 200,000 black soldiers honored at the African American Civil War Memorial.

The memorial, at 10th and U streets in Northwest Washington, would name only the soldiers and seamen who served with the US Colored Troops.

So, 10 years ago, when Moss attended a discussion hosted by the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, she asked several historians whether any records of black soldiers in white regiments had been found.

The historians agreed that black soldiers were not allowed to serve in white regiments. That is, until Moss - a retired New Jersey high school biology teacher who lives in suburban Alexandria, Va. - showed them her great-grandfather's military records...

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