African Americans played a crucial role in the American Civil War. By the end of the war, 10% of the Union Army was comprised of African Americans. They filled roles from top to bottom: scouts, spies, surgeons, soldiers and commanders. Even though some northern whites they served alongside treated them with negativity, ranging from a lack of respect to contempt, African American soldiers fought bravely.
Eastern National is proud to present a newly revised entry in the National Park Civil War Series that tells the story of black soldiers during the Civil War. This version includes new higher resolution images and updated text.
If you're looking for a concise, yet comprehensive, overview of the many roles African American soldiers played in the Civil War, you can't do better than The Civil War's Black Soldiers.
Civil War Black Soldiers, 20th Dec 2017
Reviewer: Gene Betit
Great book for the money. Joseph T. Glatthaar wrote Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Offices (New York: MacMillan/The Free Press, 1990) and is an acknowledged expert on this subject. Blacks made up around ten percent of Union forces in the last two years of the war, recruited when both sides had run out of new resources to replace combat losses.