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        African Americans in the Civil War

        African Americans were active participants in the Civil War. Many contributed to the war effort raising funds, supplying goods and providing labor. Freemen went to conquered confederate territories to work in hospitals, set up businesses and assist contrabands. Frederick Douglass and other activists led abolitionist movements influencing Congress and President Lincoln. For more resources from Mercy Street, check out the collection page.

        African American soldiers

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        Contraband killed in battle alongside Union soldier

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        Contrabands at army camp

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        Armed African American Union soldiers

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        Charles Harris, Co. A 31st U.S. Colored Troops, wounded at Battle of the Crater (July 30, 1864)

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