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Unformatted text preview: put in place called for or required blacks to be enlisted as soldiers. President Lincoln wanted to probably arm blacks, but was just waiting for the right time to announce it. All black regiments though obviously needed to have white officers as their commanders, since no black really had enough military experience to serve as a commander. Many of the white officers in command of these black regiments were surprised at the valor the blacks had in fighting. Even though they were fighting for the North and the white soldiers fighting besides them were fighting for black freedom and everything, they were kind of racist also in that the black soldiers got poorer healthcare when they got injured in battle. Disease was also quite an issue among the black regiments. They also received less pay than the white regiments did....
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