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Black infantry. By the end of the Civil War, about 186,000 African American men had enlisted in the Union Army to fight for their own liberty. Shown here: District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln (29th Regiment from Connecticut at Beaufort, S.C., 1864.Black infantry. By the end of the Civil War, about 186,000 African American men had enlisted in the Union Army to fight for their own liberty. Shown here: District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln (29th Regiment from Connecticut at Beaufort, S.C., 1864. Source: Library of Congress
Sojourner Truth, Abolitionist and women's rights advocate, 1864.Sojourner Truth, Abolitionist and women's rights advocate, 1864. Source: Library of Congress
Plantation slave quarters, Port Royal Island, S.C., 1862. African Americans in such communities escaped by the thousands by means of the Underground Railroad, often to enlist in the war to free all slaves.Plantation slave quarters, Port Royal Island, S.C., 1862. African Americans in such communities escaped by the thousands by means of the Underground Railroad, often to enlist in the war to free all slaves. Source: Library of Congress Black American soldiers fighting for the Union at Dutch Gap (Virginia), 1864.Black American soldiers fighting for the Union at Dutch Gap (Virginia), 1864. Source: New York Historical Society
 
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