African Americans and the Civil War (The Civil War: a Nation by Ronald A. Reis

By Ronald A. Reis

This e-book tells of the contribution of African americans to the reason for the Union within the American Civil struggle. in the beginning kept away from, loose blacks and ex-slaves ultimately donned uniforms and fought in additional than four hundred battles. regardless of blatant prejudice and discrimination, they proved their valour and contributed highly to the luck of the Union.

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My faith is firm that the best thing that can be done for these men is to put them in the Army. E.  . It [the Civil War] was not their business. They had not started the war nor ended it. They twanged banjos around the railroad stations, sang melodious spirituals, and believed that some Yankee would soon come along and give each of them forty acres of land and a mule. E. Wood-­ ward. His claim that African Americans did not participate in fight-­ ing for their own freedom could not have been further from the truth.

He declared on August 22, 1862, as stated in The Civil War, “My paramount [main] objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. ” Despite the president’s reservations, the direction elsewhere was clear: Slavery would have to go, one way or another, gradually or all at once. What finally persuaded President Lincoln to declare for widespread emancipation was not a deep desire to see slaves freed on principle. Rather, it was the need to set them free as a war necessity.

This harsh tactic alienated a sizable portion of the black population and hurt recruitment in the Islands for some time to come. In forming his regiment, Hunter had “said that he had organized no ‘fugitive slaves,’ but that he had, however, organized ‘a fine regiment of persons whose late masters are “fugitive rebels,” ’ ” Benjamin Quarles noted. The general was hopeful that by year’s end he would have 48,000 to 50,000 men enlisted. Lincoln at first pretended not to notice Hunter’s recruiting efforts.

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