An odd use of the N-word

James A. Landau <> JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Fri Jan 15 16:08:26 UTC 2010

Referring to the aftermath of the Battle of the Crater, in which a large number of Union soldiers, both black and white, were taken prisoner:

     A number of captured white officers serving in colored regiments, fearing Confederate retaliation, lied when asked to identify their units.  This so infuriated Lieutenant Lemuel D. Dobbs of the 19th USCT [United States Colored Troops] that when he was asked his unit, he defiantly replied, "Nineteenth Niggers, by _____"

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