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African-American Soldiers During the Civil War
Photographs of African-American Soldiers in the Civil War

From the time of the invention of the camera to the present, photographers have been deeply interested in capturing war. The American Civil War is no exception. Although complex, time consuming, and often times requiring the service of two photographers - one to mix chemicals, one to manipulate the camera--many Civil War photographs were taken and remain today. The following photographs of African-American soldiers were taken during the Civil War. What do the photographs suggest about the roles African-American soldiers played during the war?

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U.S. Colored Infantry

Arlington, Va. Band of 107th U.S. Colored Infantry

army cook

African-American Army Cook at Work

company E

Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln

teamsters

African-American Teamsters

Tennessee colored battery

Camp of Tennessee Colored Battery

collecting bones

African Americans Collecting Bones of Soldiers Killed in Battle


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