Northern Perspective on African-American soldiers

Popular history tells us that in the Civil War the “North” was fighting for the rights of African-Americans but digging through historical archives often tells a far different story.  From the October 9th, 1863 Charleston (Missouri) Courier:

cairo“The Cairo {Illinois} Democrat says:

A company of negro troops numbering ninety-five, all recruited here, went to Helena, o the Menebaha. A large umber of dark complexioned females, with the whites of their eyes very conspicuous, and mouths stretched from ear to ear, assembled to see them off. These ‘American citizens of African descent’ , done up in soldier clothes, looked as ferocious as a flock of sheep, and abundantly capable of making violent attacks on large quantities of commissary stores”

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