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Form with blanks: Recommendation of individual for position in the Colored Regiments.

An Excerpt from "People & Events, The Civil War and emancipation, 1861 - 1865"

Black recruiters, many of them abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass, Henry Highland Garnet, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, brought in troops from throughout the North. Douglass proclaimed, "I urge you to fly to arms and smite with death the power that would bury the government and your liberty in the same hopeless grave." Others, such as Harriet Tubman, recruited in the South. On March 6, 1863, the Secretary of War was informed that "seven hundred and fifty blacks who were waiting for an opportunity to join the Union Army had been rescued from slavery under the leadership of Harriet Ross Tubman...." By the end of the war more than 186,000 black soldiers had joined the Union army; 93,000 from the Confederate states, 40,000 from the border slave states, and 53,000 from the free states.

Source: "People & Events, The Civil War and emancipation, 1861 - 1865", PBS.org

Link to the full article: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2967.html

 

Record Details

Title: Form with blanks: Recommendation of individual for position in the Colored Regiments.

Notes:

 Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War recommending individual for position in the colored Regiments. Dateline: Philadelphia...1863

Blank form printed on paper, mounted in opening in 2-piece mount.

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