Blacks in the American Civil War
Despite extreme prejudices from the white society, African American soldiers were true heroes in the American Civil War. At the beginning of the Civil War, Lincoln called for a recruitment of 75,000 men. Many blacks came to volunteer, but were sent away unwanted. Most of the white population considered the Civil War to be a ‘White man’s war.’ Gov. David Todd had said, “This is a white man’s
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so than their white counterparts. They won many of the Civil War battles, and in doing so, won their independence. “Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, US, let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States” (Higgins).