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 manpower and sacrifice (Battle Cry of Freedom).
With the following of the second Emancipation Proclamation, black men everywhere began to be recruited and colored regiments were formed.