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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876
			
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onsets that the newly raised black regiment, under Colonel
Green, distinguished itself by deeds of desperate valor.
Posted behind a thicket in the valley, they three times
drove the Hessians, who charged repeatedly down the hill
to dislodge them; and so determined were the enemy in
these successive charges that the day after the battle the
Hessian colonel, upon whom this duty had devolved, ap-
 plied to exchange his command and go to New York, be-
cause he dared not lead his regiment again into battle, lest
his men should shoot him for having caused them so much
loss."
     Such in brief, is the history of the black man in the
war in the colonies. He needs nothing at my feeble hands,
when men better fitted, abler and wiser than myself, have
given him a proud place in the early history of the nation,
struggling for a free and untrammeled existence. We see
the glory of the American negroes' warfare, hovering over
the fields of strife, from which the student of history may
catch inspiration and enthusiasm. And if any class of
people in our composite nationality have claims upon the
Union, if any class of people, after the puritan, can justly
claim a part in establishing the colonies as independent
States, it is the American negro!  If any portion of the
people, 40,000,000 of people, can claim the protection of
the American flag, it is the American negro! We stand
here to-day to challenge the devotion of the adopted sons
of America; we care not whether they come from England
or Ireland, Germany or France; from the snows of Russia,
or from under Italian skies. We claim a loyalty to Amer-
ican ideas, institutions, manners, progress, and liberty, sec-
ond only to Americans themselves!  The devotion, valor,
and patriotism of the negro soldiers of '76, is indeed a rich
bequest to their children; and,




			
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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876

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