Recruiting Black Soldiers – The Fight for Equal Rights

After President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union army began recruiting African American soldiers. The first authorized black regiments came from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Tennessee. While initially sluggish, recruitment of black soldiers reached 179,000 for the Union Army and 19,000 for the Union Navy by war’s end. Recruiting posters such as the one below inspired blacks to serve by appealing to their newfound sense of freedom.

Image Credit: The National Archives. The original poster is located in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s–1917, Record Group 94.

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Voice from the Past: “How These Powerful Machines Are To Be Stopped Is A Problem I Can Not Solve”

Good morning! We continue our celebration of the Battle of Hampton Roads with another “Voice from the Past.” The following is Confederate Major General Benjamin Hunger’s report on the famed…