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Black Troops Triumphant 
1864, Issue 6

It was not until January 1, 1864 – nearly two years after the war began – that President Lincoln made the abolition of slavery a Union aim and brought black soldiers into the Civil War. With the Emancipation Proclamation, the war became a crusade against slavery. In addition it convinced the wavering British government not to throw its support to the Confederacy. Despite northern opposition, including the New York draft riots of 1863, black soldiers fought bravely in 449 battles, including the Battle of Nashville and Fort Wagner, notable for the courage of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. By the war’s end, 178,975 Negro solders had served in Union Armies. They had been organized into 166 all-Negro regiments. Sixteen black soldiers received Congressional Medals of Honor. Nearly 40,000 Negroes died in the War. By 1864, the date of this issue, the feeling among black soldiers was that they had fought for and won their right to freedom.

Topics in this Issue
  • Black soldiers in the Civil War
  • Black troops in the Battle of Nashville
  • Massachusetts 54th and Ft. Wagner
  • The Black Church
  • Fort Pillow massacre
  • The Amistad mutiny
  • New York draft riots

Black Chronicle

Issue 6

Massachusetts 54th and Ft. Wagner