By Ronald A. Reis
This ebook tells of the contribution of African americans to the reason for the Union within the American Civil conflict. at the beginning kept away from, loose 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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Instead, they would be tried for insurrection (rebellion) or for causing insurrection. The penalty for such a charge was death. Under the order, black enlisted men were to “be delivered to the authorities of the state or states in which they shall be captured to be dealt with according to the present or future laws of such state or states,” as cited in The Negro’s Civil War. War and Emancipation Though Davis’s threat was never carried out on a large scale, it did cause black men considerable concern, and rightfully so.
For the most part, it was a process based on qualifications and merit. The African American in Arms Previous military experience was a requirement for anyone seeking to lead black troops, but that alone would not suffice. “I am desirous to have of its officers young men of military experience, of firm anti-slavery principles, ambitious, superior to a vulgar contempt for color, and having faith in the capacity of colored men for military service,” Massachusetts governor John A. Andrew wrote when seeking to form a black state regiment, as reported by Joseph Glatthaar.
There were those in Boston promising a force of 50,000 African-American men. ” In New York City, a number of African Americans quietly hired a public hall and began practicing military drills, somewhat in secret, with hopes of a call to serve. In Providence, Rhode Island, a company of more than 100 blacks offered to accompany the 1st Rhode Island Regiment on its way to the front. The offer was declined briskly. Two Northern free blacks even wrote to Secretary of War Simon Cameron, pointing out that with them [contraband] report that the blacks are encountering terrible hardships.
African Americans and the Civil War (The Civil War: a Nation Divided) by Ronald A. Reis