Race of Mirand Wright Saxton

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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17395379/mirand-w-saxton

 

This is my third cousin four times once removed.  I was surprised to see his unusual name on a "list of colored soldiers."  He doesn't look obviously African American in the photo, which makes me wonder about other people of color on my tree who aren't connected by marriage.
in Genealogy Help by Scott Hutchins G2G5 (5.6k points)
edited by Scott Hutchins
Where do you see him on that list?

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The death cert of his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Saxton, says she is a widow, listed as white. b.3 Mar 1859   d. 11 Apr 1924.

I see where he applied and was accepted to West Point, Orange, New York, USA 1860. Nominated by the honorable H L Dawes.

by Terry McClintock G2G6 Mach 3 (39.6k points)
The ‘colored’ units at that time had white officers.

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