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"Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship." The issues of emancipation and military service were intertwined from the onset of the Civil War. They were turned away, however, because a Federal law dating from 1792 barred Negroes from bearing arms for the U. army (although they had served in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812).The July 1863 assault on Fort Wagner, SC, in which the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers lost two-thirds of their officers and half of their troops, was memorably dramatized in the film .By war's end, 16 black soldiers had been awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor.So I decided to explore why I could love white men like family but not envision them as potential partners. Love for men who move through the world in ways that remind me of my father. A black man comfortable in his skin and walking in his purpose remains the ideal. There is also the fact that I was raised a good Southern black woman, albeit one freer than most.
In contrast, white soldiers received per month from which no clothing allowance was drawn. The black troops, however, faced greater peril than white troops when captured by the Confederate Army.In 1863 the Confederate Congress threatened to punish severely officers of black troops and to enslave black soldiers.As a result, President Lincoln issued General Order 233, threatening reprisal on Confederate prisoners of war (POWs) for any mistreatment of black troops.(Two of Douglass's own sons contributed to the war effort.) Volunteers began to respond, and in May 1863 the Government established the Bureau of Colored Troops to manage the burgeoning numbers of black soldiers. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war—30,000 of infection or disease.By the end of the Civil War, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U. Black soldiers served in artillery and infantry and performed all noncombat support functions that sustain an army, as well.