The career of Pinchback sheds additional light upon this period.
But the most thrilling part of the whole period centers about the person of that redoubtable fighter, Pinchback.
Pinchback maintained that offices should be awarded with reference not to race, but to education and general ability.
At the head of them all for bravery, intelligence, and executive ability stands Governor Pinchback.
It was a desperate undertaking, and the story of the race, as told by Governor Pinchback himself, reads like a romance.
Kept two fine stallions; one was named ‘Judge Hill’, the other ‘Pinchback’.
As further evidence of that fact, his position and action in the Pinchback case may be mentioned.
Governor Pinchback, who was a captain in one of these regiments, tells the fate of these early colored officers.
With him as the leading spirit of the gathering was Pinchback, then majority leader in the Senate.
Finally old Pinchback dies and when he buried de lightnin' come and split de grave and de coffin wide open.