The Black Military Experience
A collection of first-hand accounts drawn from the extensive records of the National Archives. It explains how black military service helped to destroy slavery; it is a social history of black soldiers; it explains how soldiering shaped the life of black people during & after the war.
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THE BLACK MILITARY EXPERIENCE
Recruitment in the Free States
Recruitment in Tidewater Virginia
Black Soldiers and Their Officers
To Strike a Manly Blow
Prisoners of War
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