On the 18th of July 1863 about 700 black soldiers and their white officers made a suicidal assault on a heavily fortified Confederate position. Their goal was to prove blacks were not inferior to whites and could be brave, disciplined, skilled, etc. They suffered frightful losses. Their white commander was killed. Because he had dared lead blacks in battle the Confederates refused to return his body. He was buried with his men. His parents did not take this as an insult, but as an honor. This is entirely uninteresting to most people, but there is a great movie starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman about these events. It’s even on Netflix. It’s a bit older, but it’s as ‘entertaining’ today as it was back in the aaaaaities.

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