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By Carin T Ford

The Civil battle begun as a fight to reunite a divided country, and it grew to become a struggle to finish slavery. For African-American infantrymen, the reason used to be regularly greater—freedom. African americans were enslaved within the usa for greater than 200 years. Slavery had fractured the state into components, North and South. via basic assets, writer Carin T. Ford explores the courageous African-American infantrymen who helped the Union win the Civil struggle and abolish slavery endlessly.

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In 1865, when Ellis was old enough to join the army, he joined the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Colored Infantry. It was not easy for a black man to become a soldier. 5 For most, wearing the army uniform was a source of great pride. “This was the biggest thing that ever happened in my life,” said a former slave. ”6 During four years of war, nearly 100,000 blacks from the Confederate states joined the Union army. About 45,000 ex-slaves or freemen joined from the border states. Another 50,000 or more came from the Northern states and the Colorado Territory.

However, often slaves were allowed to stay with the soldiers. ” This meant they were like goods taken from the enemy. Now they belonged to the North. PRIMARY SOURCE Image Credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Escaped slaves who made their way to Union army camps and stayed with the soldiers were called contrabands. This photo taken on May 14, 1862, shows a group of contrabands outside a house in Cumberland Landing, Virginia. The contrabands helped in any way they could. Men drove wagons, dug trenches for the soldiers, and worked as cooks and servants.

Ervin L. , Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995), p. 272. 3. Catherine Clinton, The Black Soldier (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000), pp. 22–23. 4. Geoffrey C. Ward, The Civil War: An Illustrated History (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990), p. 12. 5. com/colored/frederick_douglass/html> (June 27, 2003). 6. Dudley Taylor Cornish, The Sable Arm: Negro Troops in the Union Army, 1861–1865 (New York: W. W. Norton, 1966), p. 5. CHAPTER 2: THE WAY IS BARRED 1.

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