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Juanita Patience Moss

slave, Union soldier, and Andersonville prisoner, was born in Windsor, North Carolina, to unknown parents. His surname sometimes appears as Rolack. His physical description was that of a man five feet six inches tall with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. Though historians have done much to illuminate the roles of black soldiers in black regiments, the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), little has been done to document the experience and contributions of those who served with white regiments.

When Union regiments penetrated the Southern states to blockade Confederate access to the Atlantic coast for the exchange of cotton and tobacco for European guns and ammunition slaves began to abscond from nearby towns and plantations to seek out the Union troops whose presence promised freedom Not satisfied with being merely paid laborers behind Yankee lines some contrabands like Rolac chose to enlist in the Union army ...

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Scopas S. Poggo

Sudanese rebel leader, was born into the Pojulu ethnic group of Central Equatoria in the Sudan. He started school in 1944. In 1946–1947 Surur studied at Yei Primary School, and in 1948 he joined Loka Intermediate School (the CMS Nugent School), where he spent three years. He was admitted into Rumbek Secondary School in 1951 and graduated in 1954. He was employed as a teacher by the Ministry of Education and taught at Atar and Malakal junior secondary schools in the Upper Nile Province. From Malakal he was sent to Bakt er Ruda Institute of Education in Khartoum, where he was trained as a teacher for three years. He taught at Busere, Mondiri, Yambio, Tambura, Juba, Lainya, and Polataka intermediate schools.

Surur was named chairman of the Southern Front in Juba in the 1960s. During the Juba massacre of 8-9 July 1965 the Arab soldiers targeted him ...