Portrayal of Private William Webb, Civil War Soldier of the 29th Connecticut Volunteers
In 1861, there were rumors that a war was getting ready to start. War did start in 1861, the North against the South. Now African Americans weren’t allowed to fight until 1862 when Congress passed an act allowing for the enlistment of colored soldiers.
Then, in 1863, the War Department
established a Bureau of Colored Solders. Now, there were nearly 200,000 African
American soldiers that fought in the Civil War, comprised of over 160 Artillery,
Engineer, Infantry, and Cavalry Units.
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