Resilience in the Face of Adversity: The Fate of Black Soldiers during the Civil War

24 Aug

Interesting learning from New York state.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Blog

When I started doing research for my project, I knew that I wanted to delve into some aspect of African-American history. Having already done quite a bit of independent reading on slavery already, that part (being the tragic and conspicuous blemish on American history that it is) interested me immensely, and naturally, one of the things of that comes to mind is the Civil War. In particular, I thought that it would be interesting to research the transition from bondage to freedom, and an interesting dynamic that’s not often discussed, the role of black soldiers is during the Civil War Using resources at the NYG&B (including the Record), as well as the National Archives and those of 19th century newspapers, I managed to narrow my previously broad understanding of the subject, as well as zero in on some of the subjects involved.

Storming Fort Wagner. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Storming Fort Wagner. Courtesy of the…

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