By Ronald A. Reis
This booklet tells of the contribution of African american citizens to the reason for the Union within the American Civil struggle. at the beginning avoided, unfastened blacks and ex-slaves finally 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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75 million men, the casualty estimates are as follows: The African American in Arms sooner than anywhere else that they are men. ” Lincoln, for one, made it his business to notice. “I see the enemy are driving at them fiercely, as to be expected,” William Klingaman quoted the president. 25 million. : Total: 94,000 164,000 258,000 In addition to the dead and wounded from battle and disease listed above, the Union listed: Deaths in Prison: Drowning: Accidental deaths: Murdered: Suicides: Sunstroke: Military executions: Unclassified: 24,866 4,944 4,144 520 391 313 267 14,155 Source: Burke Davis, The Civil War, Strange and Fascinating Facts.
Enslaved blacks in the South sought freedom. One such individual was a clever, and above all, patient, 24-year-old slave named Robert Smalls. He lived and worked in Charleston, South Carolina. In the processes of his daring break, Smalls not only successfully freed himself and the rest of his family, but also his brother and his brother’s family. Furthermore, when Smalls delivered his party to the Union navy, he brought with him a most valuable addition: the fully loaded, high-pressure, side-wheel Confederate steamer known as the Planter.
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. More than 200,000 black Americans fought during the Civil War. Of that number, 37,000 gave their lives.
African Americans and the Civil War (The Civil War: a Nation Divided) by Ronald A. Reis