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African Americans and the Civil War (The Civil War: a Nation by Ronald A. Reis

By Ronald A. Reis

This ebook tells of the contribution of African americans to the reason for the Union within the American Civil conflict. first and foremost avoided, unfastened 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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Jubilee “Men squealed, women fainted, dogs barked, white and colored people shook hands, songs were sung,” observed James McPherson in The Negro’s Civil War. “Great processions of colored and white men marched to and fro, passed in front of the White House and congratulated President Lincoln on his proclamation. ” It was New Year’s Day, January 1, 1863: Emancipation Day! Jubilation was everywhere. S. history. Yet amid the celebrations, the famed former slave and abolitionist had a serious warning for his fellow blacks, and for the nation as a whole.

Emancipation as a Military Necessity In January 1856, a Kentucky slave owner, with the aid of federal agents, cornered a group of fugitive slaves. The slaves included a mother, Margaret Garner, and her three young ­children—­one girl and two boys. Margaret had vowed never to see her children returned to bondage. As the agents broke into the family’s hiding place, Margaret quickly cut her young daughter’s throat. She immediately turned to her young boys to do the same. Despite an outcry among the local population, Margaret and her surviving children were shipped down the river to the Deep South and returned to slavery.

General Nathaniel Banks, who had replaced General Butler as commander in New Orleans, was ordered to head north out of the Crescent City and take Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. It would be no easy task. The Confederates, some 6,000 strong, had put up a threatening defense. Of particular concern to Union forces was the wide, swampy area leading up to the garrison’s high bluffs. Storming those bluffs would prove to be an extremely difficult undertaking. On the evening of May 26, Crowder, Cailloux, and the 1,080 men making up a pair of black regiments of the Native Guard waited in readiness to attack at dawn.

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