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By Ronald A. Reis

This ebook tells of the contribution of African americans to the reason for the Union within the American Civil struggle. before everything refrained from, unfastened blacks and ex-slaves finally donned uniforms and fought in additional than four hundred battles. regardless of blatant prejudice and discrimination, they proved their valour and contributed highly to the luck of the Union.

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As quoted in Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation, one white observer said with admiration of the South Carolina Colored Volunteers, “Once they are in they fight like fiends. My faith is firm that the best thing that can be done for these men is to put them in the Army. E.  . It [the Civil War] was not their business. They had not started the war nor ended it. They twanged banjos around the railroad stations, sang melodious spirituals, and believed that some Yankee would soon come along and give each of them forty acres of land and a mule.

Emancipation as a Military Necessity In January 1856, a Kentucky slave owner, with the aid of federal agents, cornered a group of fugitive slaves. The slaves included a mother, Margaret Garner, and her three young ­children—­one girl and two boys. Margaret had vowed never to see her children returned to bondage. As the agents broke into the family’s hiding place, Margaret quickly cut her young daughter’s throat. She immediately turned to her young boys to do the same. Despite an outcry among the local population, Margaret and her surviving children were shipped down the river to the Deep South and returned to slavery.

In most cases, their recruiting efforts were done without approval from Washington. S. senator who resigned to accept a commission as a brigadier general, began recruiting War and Emancipation Army Organization During the Civil War During the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate fighting forces were organized in a similar manner, though there were dif-­ ferences in the number of men that made up a particular structure and what that structure was called. Both governments, the Federal and the Confederate, had Departments of War, which, in turn, were made up of armies that fought in various regions, or theaters.

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