U.S. Colored Troops remembered by Mer...

U.S. Colored Troops remembered by Mercersburg family

There are 37 comments on the Public Opinion story from Nov 11, 2010, titled U.S. Colored Troops remembered by Mercersburg family. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Keeping history alive: Maryann Stoner, Mercersburg, has a sword and canteen carried by her great-grandfather, James Stoner, who served with the 2nd U.S. Colored Calvary.

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Proud American

New Bloomfield, PA

#1 Nov 11, 2010
You can be very proud of your ancestors and they deserve recognition for thier part in preserving the union. I thank them for their service
Shocked

Hagerstown, MD

#2 Nov 11, 2010
"Colored" Really??
VeteransDaughter

Lexington Park, MD

#3 Nov 11, 2010
What about remembering the uncolored veterans?? Or just Veterans period, not colored or white. You always yell racism but then you want "colored' veterans remembered. Have the UNCF, etc.
Simply pathetic

Landisburg, PA

#5 Nov 11, 2010
Sorry, no remembering the colored here.............
Sure

Landisburg, PA

#6 Nov 11, 2010
One thousand one, remembered...Now let it go..
Bosco Bustemante

Greencastle, PA

#7 Nov 11, 2010
Hey, I'm "colored" and a veteran, too. I'm sort of a pinkish-beige.

Since: Oct 08

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#8 Nov 11, 2010
Yes, let's completely disregard the fact that for years, black soldiers weren't even considered good enough to die alongside white soldiers, even though they were fighting for the same country. I think they deserve even more recognition, since they were willing to die for a country that didn't even give them the full rights granted to their countrymen based solely on color.

Just a little perspective for the ingrate naysayers on here.

Since: May 09

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#9 Nov 11, 2010
Using the term "colored" (as opposed to the more recent term "people of color") is definitely antiquated. Not derogatory, but certainly outdated.
Bosco Bustemante

Greencastle, PA

#10 Nov 11, 2010
Sick-Tired wrote:
Yes, let's completely disregard the fact that for years, black soldiers weren't even considered good enough to die alongside white soldiers, even though they were fighting for the same country. I think they deserve even more recognition, since they were willing to die for a country that didn't even give them the full rights granted to their countrymen based solely on color.
Just a little perspective for the ingrate naysayers on here.
Yup...my fault, I'm sure.

Since: Jan 10

Littleton, CO

#11 Nov 11, 2010
Today is Veterans Day. Please take the time to remember and thank our Veterans regardless of skin color.

Thank you for your service and may God Bless all our Veterans.....
Bob Harnish

Yuma, AZ

#12 Nov 11, 2010
Thank you very much for a job well done Maryann Stoner. Your love of history and all the time researching is to be complimented.
Buster Kilraine

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Nov 11, 2010
The term "Colored" is that of the era in which these men served, as in USCT, or United States Colored Troops.
It was during the last years of the war that many a soldier- on either side -came to understand that, as they themsevles said, "A black man can stop a bullet as well as a white man."
It is pathetic that nearly a hundred fifty years later, certain folks have not yet embraced equality.

Since: Oct 08

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#14 Nov 11, 2010
Bosco Bustemante wrote:
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Yup...my fault, I'm sure.
Did anyone say it was?

Nobody said you need to feel guilty. You SHOULD be aware and maybe um, respectful though.

Since: Oct 08

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#15 Nov 11, 2010
Bosco Bustemante wrote:
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Yup...my fault, I'm sure.
...and if you actually are veteran, it's pretty screwed up that you have that attitude.

Since: Oct 08

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#17 Nov 11, 2010
Nobama wrote:
Martin LOSER KIng is dead. Get over it.
Yes. Good luck with your non-racist, non-partisan, multi-ethnic Tea Parties, and such.

“Divine Hag”

Since: Jun 08

Briar Patch

#18 Nov 11, 2010
What is wrong with you?
Seriously.

Those men made the same sacrifices and put up with an equal amount of garbage, if not more so.

They faced challenges in service; hostility from their CO and fellow service members PLUS enemies and civilians overseas and then MORE racism when they got home.

And some of you would belittle and deny that because of some deep-rooted inferiority in yourself.

There are plenty of other threads to troll.
Go find one.

“Divine Hag”

Since: Jun 08

Briar Patch

#19 Nov 11, 2010
Sick-Tired wrote:
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Yes. Good luck with your non-racist, non-partisan, multi-ethnic Tea Parties, and such.
Darn! I really need to work on that 'short and sweet' thing!

Obvs, my post was directed at people other than you.
Enjoyed your earlier posts.

Be Well.

“Divine Hag”

Since: Jun 08

Briar Patch

#20 Nov 11, 2010
Also~

Thank you for the touching and informative article, Mr Barnes.
OhReally

United States

#21 Nov 11, 2010
Sick-Tired wrote:
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...and if you actually are veteran, it's pretty **** up that you have that attitude.
Maybe Bosco is not a military veteran. He was probably an officer in another organization whose uniforms were made of linen. His ancestors probably made sure colored troops saw the furthest thing from equlity.
I applaud the Colored Troops and all current servicemen and U.S. Veterans for their
valiant service.
OhReally

United States

#22 Nov 11, 2010
It's hard to believe the movie Glory was made 21 years ago. That film was about the legendary 54th Massachusettes Volunteer Infantry and their bravery. It's a great history lesson for all.
I'll watch that film along wIth my two other favorites - Platoon and Full Metal Jacket.

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