Black soldiers were among the bravest of those fighting in the Civil War. Both free Blacks in the Union army and escaped slaves from the South rushed to fight for their freedom and they fought with distinction in many major Civil War battles. Many whites thought Blacks could not be soldiers. They were slaves. They were inferior. Many thought that if Blacks could fight in the war it would make them equal to whites and
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were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. But no matter how hard they fought and no matter how many lives they saved, there were always people in both the north and south who doubted them and did not give them the respect they deserved. But, they fought bravely and with dignity until the end, and along the way gained the respect and admiration of many people. Black soldiers proved that they were equal to whites.