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Civil War: African American Soldiers
These sites are about the African American men who fought for the Union Army and Navy during the Civil War. Read letters from the soldiers and view several photographs. There are recruitment posters and other primary documents from the Civil War era. Includes links to eThemes Resources on the Emancipation Proclamation and other Civil War topics.
Read about how African Americans became soldiers in the Civil War. Includes information about Frederick Douglass, the flags of the African American troops, and an African American medal winner. There are photographs and primary documents on the subject. Click on "Part 2" to advance to the second page.
Read about the battles that African American soldiers fought in. At the bottom of the page, click on "Historian Video" to see a historian talk about the African American soldiers who fought in the Union. Click on "Gallery" to see pictures of these soldiers.
Here are some writing activities for students to do on the subject. Includes an image of a recruitment poster. The reading level of the text may be too difficult for younger students, but it includes the number of black soldiers who fought in the war.
Learn what prompted some African Americans to start fighting for the Union. There is information about a Confederate idea of offering black soldiers their freedom if they fought for the Confederacy and lived.
Read about the African Americans who fought in the Navy for the Union. Click on "Sailor Origins" to see which states and countries they came from. Click on a particular country or state to see information about particular sailors, such as names, ages, and occupations.
These sites have information about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. See the actual document and read about its impact on slavery and the Civil War. Includes a timeline with important events. There are links to eThemes Resources on slavery during the Civil War, the slave trade, and the Underground Railroad.
These sites are about Union soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters written by soldiers to friends and family members. See the uniforms they wore and other artifacts from the war. There are links to eThemes Resources on Confederate Soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
These sites are about the Confederate soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters from soldiers and see photographs showing them in uniform. Learn which states supported the Confederacy. There are links to eThemes Resources on Unions soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
Learn about the role of women during the Civil War. Find out how they served as spies, soldiers, and nurses. Read first-hand accounts from their diaries. Includes information about Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd, and other women. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.