- 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

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Andrew Sobler Civil War and Reconstruction 4 th December 2007 “Black Men In Blue” summary It basically just talked about black regiments during the time of the Civil War. Democrats in the south were in an outrage over the idea of even letting blacks fight, as they were also not particularly fond of the idea of making blacks and whites have equal rights. Although in the army blacks were not admitted in right away, in the navy they had blacks from the start of the war. What had happened was the navy was so desperate to get men to join that they would take men wherever they could take, and that included free blacks and runaway slaves from the South. A vital part of the navy’s war plans, nearly ten thousand blacks ended up serving. This encouraged Republicans to start enlisting blacks in the army as well. Two laws that were put into place in late 1862 set the motion forward for blacks to start being enlisted into the ranks of the army. However neither of the laws
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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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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HIST 166 taught by Professor Auger during the Fall '07 term at Northampton Community College.

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- 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

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