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War for Freedom
WAR FOR FREEDOM: African American Experiences in the Era of the Civil War
“Gentleman Jim”: Tough Choices in a Time of Crisis
When the Civil War broke out, James Robinson faced some tough choices:
Robinson made many fateful decisions in the war years.
After the war, Robinson found that his actions in this time of crisis would be judged with serious consequences for himself and his family. Had he proved himself a loyal Union man? Or had his dealings with local Confederates shown otherwise?
In this unit, you will learn his story, re-create his hearing before the Southern Claims Commission and then take a stand.
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Did You Know?
Lieutenant Adelbert Ames of the 5th U.S. Artillery was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at First Manassas. Ames would eventually rise to the rank of brevet Major General. He would outlive all other general officers of the Civil War, dying in 1933 at the age of 97.