Dear Jespah, please accept my deepest condolences that you have to live in an area 'chockfull' of Democrats.
I feel your pain as I once had one turn up to clean the pool and had to send the butler out to deal with him, least I was indoctrinated and started to care for humanity.
As for the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, I'ma sorry you lost the battle at Fort Wagner, but as they were only getting half the pay of the white soldiers, I'm not surprised.
When they were recruited, the black soldiers were promised the same pay as white soldiers received: $13 a month, clothing and rations. The War Department paid them only $10, and took $3 out for clothing. The soldiers decided if they could not receive equal pay, they would accept no pay.
They deserve a statue.