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History and Culture

Civil War Series

The Civil War's Black Soldiers


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I Will Never Retreat, by Todd Haskin Fredericks.


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Key for photo and illustration identification:
FWFrank and Marie-Therese Wood Print Collection, Alexandria, Virginia
LCLibrary of Congress, Washington, DC
NANational Archives, Washington, DC
USAMHIUnited States Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, PA

Want To Learn More?
There are two pioneering works that have studied the role and contribution of African-American troops to Union victory: Dudley Taylor Cornish, The Sable Arm: Negro Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865 (New York: Longmans Green, 1956) and Joseph T. Glatthaar, Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers (New York: Free Press, 1990), as well as the Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan: The Siege of Port Hudson: "Forty Days and Nights in the Wilderness of Death".

History and Culture