Warning: include(/var/chroot/home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-content/plugins/better-login-security-and-history/javascript.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-config.php on line 7

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/var/chroot/home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-content/plugins/better-login-security-and-history/javascript.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_3/lib/php') in /home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-config.php on line 7

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-config.php:7) in /home/content/07/12338007/html/wp-content/plugins/spammer-blocker/spammer-blocker.php on line 279
Black American Soldiers in the Civil War by Matthew Elliott » I For Color

«

»

Black American Soldiers in the Civil War by Matthew Elliott

This period print shows Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler interviewing the three runaway slaves -- traditionally identified as Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker and James Townsend -- who sparked his landmark May 24, 1861 decision to give such slaves refuge as "contraband of war."

This period print shows Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler interviewing the three runaway slaves — traditionally identified as Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker and James Townsend — who sparked his landmark May 24, 1861 decision to give such slaves refuge as “contraband of war.”

This lead to the First and Second Confiscation act that eventually freed escaped slaves once they were in the north (Creating Black Americans).  Despite this, the Lincoln administration refused any entry of Black American soldier into the war. The stated that the war was about the reunification of the “Union” and not about “Slavery.” Many Northerners also claimed the war as a “White Man’s War” and thought that having to serve alongside Black men would discourage the other soldiers. In addition to this many in the north believed the war would be quick, but by 1862 it was clear that the war would take a lot longer and require much more man power and sacrifice (Battle Cry of Freedom).

President Lincoln Recruiting a negro to-fight one good turn.

President Lincoln Recruiting a negro to-fight one good turn.

010809-poster-500

With the following of the second Emancipation Proclamation, black men everywhere began to be recruited and colored regiments were formed.

men-color-arms-poster-2