African-Americans in the Civil War Term Paper by Master Researcher

African-Americans in the Civil War
A look at the role of African Americans in the army during the Civil War.
# 43252 | 1,650 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper addresses the bravery and gallantry of African-Americans during the Civil War who helped to end slavery and keep America united. The paper describes how slaves freely aided the South in the Civil War and specifically looks at the famous African-American women who volunteered to help the troops. The paper points out that during the Civil War and Reconstruction the realm of freedom was tremendously expanded for African-American Americans, but unfortunately, in the generations after that, many of those rights were simply rescinded.

From the Paper:

"Few African-Americans know that slaves freely aided the South in the Civil War. On Dec. 22, 1961, 700 armed African-American graycoats attacked New York soldiers near newmarket Bridge, Virginia; on Feb. 9, 1962, 3,000 well-trained African-American graycoats formed the 1st Native Guard; and the state of Tennessee became the first Southern state to legislate the use of free African-Americans as soldiers in June 1881 and authorized the same rate of pay as the whites (Bundy, 1995).
"Some 5,000 African-American troops were rushed from Washington to Gettysburg to save the day for the Union army and perhaps turn the tide of the Civil War. More than 100,000 African-American Confederate soldiers played a key role in prolonging the war for the South (Bundy, 1995). Historical notations of African-American involvement in the Civil War have always mentioned the Union as the catalyst. More than 180,000 African-American soldiers reportedly fought gallantly for the north.
"As early as June 1861 near Vienna, Virginia, a body of 150 armed hand-picked African-Americans attacked Union soldiers; or that following the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, seven African-American were along the hordes of war prisoners in Confederate uniforms fully armed as soldiers; or that after the battle of Seven Pines in June 1862, union soldiers claimed two African-American rebel regiments not only fought but showed no mercy to the Yankee dead or wounded (Bundy, 1995)."

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