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Fort Scott National Historic Site
“They Fought Like Tigers” African American Soldiers and American Indian Soldiers: How they changed the hearts and minds of the Union.
African American soldiers were not officially mustered into service with the U.S. Army until after the Emancipation Proclamation became official in January 1863. American Indian soldiers were organized into units in 1862 in an effort to regain their homelands in Indian Territory. The effect of these soldiers on the nation would be wide spread and long lasting. Their bravery ultimately helped to guide a nation toward equality for all.
- Grade level:
- Fifth Grade - Eighth Grade
- African American History and Culture, American Indian History and Culture, Civil War, Social Studies
- National/State Standards:
- Kansas Standards for History, Government and Social Studies: 1,2,3,4,5
Did You Know?
Politics made strange bedfellows. John Little, a proslavery man, was shot to death at his father's store, by free state men who raided Fort Scott in December 1858. A friend, George Crawford, a free state man, was staying with Little that night. Crawford had once been the target of proslavery men.