Essay on The Afro-Americans and The Civil War

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The Afro-Americans and The Civil War "No officer in this regiment now doubts that the key to the successful prosecution of this war lies in the unlimited employment of black troops. Their superiority lies simply in the fact that they know the country, while white troops do not, and, moreover, that they have peculiarities of temperament, position, and motive which belong to them alone. Instead of leaving their homes and families to fight they are fighting for their homes and families, and they show the resolution and sagacity which a personal purpose gives. It would have been madness to attempt, with the bravest white troops what I have successfully accomplished with the black ones. Everything, even to the piloting of the…show more content…
The Proclamation also provided the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, thereby letting those who were liberated to become liberators. Almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and their freedom by the end of the war. From the beginning of the Civil War, the slaves had acted to secure their own freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation made the blacks realize that the war for the Union must become a war for freedom. This added a moral force to the Union cause that strengthened the Union, both militarily and politically. This document was a milestone on the road to slavery’s final destruction. When we see the words or read about the Colored Troops of the United States, we have to ask ourselves: Who were these people? Where did they come from? What role did these people play in reshaping the socio-political and military structures of the United States of America? The start of the Civil War began in South Carolina on April 12, 1861, at a place called Fort Sumter, but even before tha,t there were seven states in the deep South that had seceded from the Union. A convention was held in Montgomery, Alabama, where Jefferson Davis was elected and a Constitution was written for the Confederate states of America. Soon four more states seceded, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The slave states that remained loyal to the Union were
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