African Americans and the Civil War (The Civil War: a Nation by Ronald A. Reis

By Ronald A. Reis

This booklet tells of the contribution of African american citizens to the reason for the Union within the American Civil battle. before everything avoided, unfastened blacks and ex-slaves ultimately 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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The president is not now, and never was, either an abolitionist, or an ­anti-­slavery man,” said the Rev. P. Campbell of Trenton, New Jersey, as quoted by James McPherson. ” Still, there were those who, in spite of Lincoln’s action, were prepared to take a more optimistic view, and to see black 41 42 african americans and the civil war Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave who repeatedly returned to the South to help guide others out of bondage. Over a period of 10 years, Tubman followed the North Star and used the Underground Railroad to bring hundreds of slaves into the North and up through Canada.

He was a splendid horseman and an excellent athlete. Furthermore, unlike many of the black elite in the Crescent City, Cailloux had no European blood. ” In April of 1862, Cailloux volunteered to fight for the North. He personally recruited a company (100 men) for the 1st Louisiana Native Guard. As captain, he was said to be firm and just, as he whipped his men into shape, barking orders in En­glish and French for all to understand. One of the main goals of Union forces in the third year of the war was to wrestle control of the Mississippi River from 59 60 african americans and the civil war the Confederates, and thus split the South in two.

Black men were all around, and, in many cases, convincing them to go from camp laborers to putting on blue uniforms was not difficult. On the other hand, had such contraband been given better treatment, they might have been quicker to trust recruiters who often promised what could not be delivered. At times, getting an escaped slave to sign up was a tough sell. Not so with blacks in the North, however.

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