What it was like for Black American soldiers during the Civil War and the events of the War that defined them?
Black American soldiers had been around long before the outbreak of the Civil War. During the Revolutionary War, slaves joined up where they could to fight for this vision of freedom their masters spoke so highly of, hoping they too could earn their freedom. Originally George Washington and other leaders in the Continental Army did not want slaves fighting with them on the battlefields of the colonies. Washington admitted on making the War about freedom from England, not about slavery. He feared if he got the concept of slavery involved, we would lose support from some of the southern colonies. The British on the other hand had no such fear. They welcomed the use of slaves to fight and even promised a deal of freedom with service.