Essay about African American Soldiers During The Civil War

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African American Soldiers in the Civil War
The Civil War created a great amount of damage to not only the United States, but also to the soldiers who fought in the war. “Approximately 180,000 African-Americans, comprising 163 units, served in the U.S. Army, and 18,000 in the Navy,”(Civil War Trust). Many of these soldiers fought for the Union in order to abolish slavery. Although they fought hard for their beliefs, they faced many challenges and difficulties. The Civil War affected the African American soldiers, but in what ways?
Life for Soldiers
The African American’s who did fight in the war encountered many difficulties. Slavery began in the early 1610’s and lasted until the late 1860’s. The first slaves were brought to the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. These slaves were auctioned off and sold to white citizens. The white citizens used them do many tasks, from working on a plantation to helping with housework. If their owners were not impressed with their work, they were whipped or beat. “They were prohibited from learning to read and write, and their behavior and movement was restricted. Many masters took sexual liberties with slave women, and rewarded obedient slave behavior with favors, while rebellious slaves were brutally punished,” (Slaves in the American South). The slave’s lives were exceptionally hard. They did not have many privileges which lead to an uprising. The North versus the South, otherwise known as the Civil War.
As I mentioned before, “Approximately…

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