By Ronald A. Reis

ISBN-10: 1604130385

ISBN-13: 9781604130386

This ebook tells of the contribution of African americans to the reason for the Union within the American Civil conflict. before everything avoided, loose blacks and ex-slaves ultimately donned uniforms and fought in additional than four hundred battles. regardless of blatant prejudice and discrimination, they proved their valour and contributed highly to the luck of the Union.

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For many blacks, however, a recruitment effort was necessary to bring them into the Union army. Civilian recruiters were hired to scour the land in an effort to bring black men into the service. The recruiters often were corrupt, thinking only of making money, and were living ­hand-­to-­mouth as they searched out potential recruits. All the time, they were dodging Confederate guerrillas. Such recruiters contributed little to overall ­ African-­American enlistments. By the end of the war, they had registered fewer than 5,000 black soldiers.

In the North, there was a widespread fear that blacks, fresh from the cotton fields, would flood Northern towns and cities. ” Yet despite the prejudice, fear, and paranoia displayed by many, the North as a whole gave its approval to the momentous event of emancipation. It pinned the fight to a ­high-­sounding cause, a holy war for freedom, rather than just an attempt to restore the Union. There was more. The Emancipation Proclamation declared “that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service,” as reported in Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation.

There were those in Boston promising a force of 50,000 ­African-­American men. ” In New York City, a number of African Americans quietly hired a public hall and began practicing military drills, somewhat in secret, with hopes of a call to serve. In Providence, Rhode Island, a company of more than 100 blacks offered to accompany the 1st Rhode Island Regiment on its way to the front. The offer was declined briskly. Two Northern free blacks even wrote to Secretary of War Simon Cameron, pointing out that with them [contraband] report that the blacks are encountering terrible hardships.

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