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Frederick Douglass, black leader and abolitionist. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration
 
Although superficially begun as a fight over state’s rights, the conflict eventually grew into a war to end slavery and make sure that “all men are equal.” When the war began, there were few blacks in the army, but by the end, some 200,000 had enlisted in the USCT (United States Colored Troops). As the Union army moved through the South, slaves were attracted and often joined the ranks as cooks or teamsters. By the end of the war, even the Confederacy was ready to grant freedom to any slaves who joined their army. These accounts clarify the role of blacks in the war itself.

Slavery During the War

The Growth of Freedmen

The Emancipation Proclamation

United States Colored Troops

 
    The Slavery Period
(1619-1860)

The American Revolution, Constitution and Founding
Fathers (1770-1820)

Jacksonian Democracy, Abolitionism and the Failure
of Unity (1820-1860)
 
    1861       1863        1865
1862       1864
 
    Abraham Lincoln
Other Unionists
Jefferson Davis
Other Confederates
 
    Ulysses S. Grant
Other Union Leaders

Robert E. Lee
Other Confederate Leaders
 
  Union Soldiers and Sailors
Confederate Soldiers and Sailors
Northern Civilians
Southern Civilians
 
  Slavery During the War
The Growth of Freedmen
The Emancipation Proclamation
United States Colored Troops
 
  The North
The South
From Slavery to Freedom
– and Back Again
 
   
 
  Washington, DC, Area During the War
Richmond During the War
The Medical Field During the War
Modern Events About the Civil War
Movies About the Civil War
Newspapers, Magazines, Books on the Civil War
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