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15 Mar 2019 9:55 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "A “White Man’s War”?" to "Black Civil War Soldiers"


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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 9:46 p.m. PST

"On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation: "All persons held as slaves within any States…in rebellion against the United States," it declared, "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." (The more than 1 million slaves in the loyal border states and in the Union-occupied parts of Louisiana and Virginia were not affected by this proclamation.) It also declared that "such persons [that is, African-American men] of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States." For the first time, black soldiers could fight for the U.S. Army…."
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Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 7:05 a.m. PST

Ummm, not too sure about this one. I understood the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Louisiana could trace back to pre-war militia regiments of free blacks. Also, black soldiers were paid $10 USD a MONTH, not a WEEK. Uncle Sam did not, and still does not, pay by the week.

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

Thanks!

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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

This article is pretty light on the research.

As Grelber points out, there were pre-war units of black soldiers in Louisiana. The ended up being the Louisiana Native Guard, sometimes called the Corps D"Afrique. They had a commendable combat record.

I have a couple of brigades of USCT in my ACW collection.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

Thanks also my friend!.


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Trajanus18 Mar 2019 5:10 p.m. PST

Depends on how you count things but the 1st Rhode Island were known as "The Black Regiment" in The War of Independence although I gather there is a question over them being 100% black.

There again if you count the Officers neither were Civil War units. The important thing was they served.

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