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African-American soldiers numbering approximately one hundred and eighty thousand - nine percent of the North's fighting force - fought for the Union Army during the Civil War.

Of the men in the United States Colored Infantry, 29 were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor while thousands died in combat and thousands more died from disease.

One of the fiercest battles of the Civil War was fought in Milliken's Bend, Louisiana between Confederate troops and black regiments of the Union Army. Most of the Colored infantry had minimal training, were outnumbered and ill-equipped. Nevertheless, in close hand-to-hand combat, they routed the "Rebs" and won respect previously denied by both sides of the conflagration.  Black soldiers vindicated Lincoln by defeating  Confederate soldiers at Milliken's Bend, in the critical battle for Vicksburg. Subsequently, most barriers to the enlistment and effective deployment of Colored recruits were eliminated in pursuit of the ultimate Union victory.

 

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"I never more wish to hear the expression, 'The niggers wont fight.' Come with me 100 yards from where I sit and I can show you the wounds that cover the bodies of 16 as brave, loyal, and patriotic soldiers as ever drew bead on a rebel."
         
-Captain M.M. Miller

 

     

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