#OnThisDay in 1863, the War Department issued General Order Number 143 to establish the Bureau of Colored Troops.
Approximately 180,000 men- many former slaves- volunteered to fight in the Union army; nearly 40,000 gave their lives for the cause.
In this In4, Historian Hari Jones summarizes the experience of African American Civil War soldiers, from emancipation, to the authorization of...
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Black Soldiers in the Civil War | Civil War Trust