- In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln gave permission for Africans Americans to help in the war. Why would it be important for them to serve in the war?
- In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stated that "such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service." How did this declaration change the Union Army in 1863?
"[Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters]," between 1863 to 1865. Courtesy of Library of Congress