Slavery During The Civil War

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Albert Einstein once said: “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing.” The Civil War started because of differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. The war was fought from 1861-1865, and it was the bloodiest 4 years in U.S. history. It started when the Confederates bombarded the Union soldiers at Fort Sumter. The majority of the fighting took place in Virginia and Tennessee. The Union had about 2.1 million soldiers, and the Confederates had about 1 million soldiers fight for their victory. Approximately 260,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation …show more content…
Frederick Douglass said: "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” (Frederick Douglass … Soldiers). The black families could not vote, hold office, or even testify against white in courts of law. If you were a free black man in Virginia you still had to face war and all the hardships of it. Though slaves undoubtedly suffered from scarcity of food, clothing, and medicine during the war, their masters, at least theoretically, were expected to provide for their welfare. The free blacks supported the Union over the Confederate as a rejection of their position …show more content…
Many of the women enjoyed the fight because they would dress up as men just to be able to join the war. Their uniforms were thick wool, so their only relief from hot and uncomfortable outfit was usually a cotton shirt sent to them by their families. The soldiers carried a heavy knapsack, a blanket, and a small protective cover called a “dog tent.” Unlike the Confederates, the Federals were required to groom themselves, and maintain a proper appearance, therefore their kit included a comb, a razor, and other personal hygiene products. They wore belts with cartridge boxes to carry multiple rounds of ammunition (Union

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