Recruiting Black Soldiers - The Fight for Equal Rights

Posted: 2/27/2012
Author: Laura June Davis

After President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union army began recruiting African American soldiers. The first authorized black regiments came from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Tennessee. While initially sluggish, recruitment of black soldiers reached 179,000 for the Union Army and 19,000 for the Union Navy by war’s end. Recruiting posters such as the one below inspired blacks to serve by appealing to their newfound sense of freedom.
 

 


Image Credit: The National Archives. The original poster is located in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's–1917, Record Group 94.

 

comments powered by Disqus

The Bookshelf

Civil War Adventure (2015)

Author: Chuck Dixon

Reviewed by: Alexandre Caillot

The Red River Campaign and Its Toll (2016)

Author: Henry O. Robertson

Reviewed by: Christopher Gwinn

They Fought For the Union (2016)

Author: Jeffrey R. Biggs

Reviewed by: Thomas J. Ryan

Archive

Newsletter

Sign up here for regular email updates, including our free newsletter and special offers.

The Bookshelf

Civil War Adventure (2015)

Author: Chuck Dixon

Reviewed by: Alexandre Caillot

The Red River Campaign and Its Toll (2016)

Author: Henry O. Robertson

Reviewed by: Christopher Gwinn

They Fought For the Union (2016)

Author: Jeffrey R. Biggs

Reviewed by: Thomas J. Ryan

Twitter





Facebook