Civil War, Day by Day
Both North and South were slow to accept black citizens into military service. Northern black troops - known as the U.S. Colored Troops - were paid less than white troops, endured prejudice and were usually used as support forces. Black regiments like the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, however, eventually proved their value as combat troops.
This Day in History
On a day like today in the 1870’s…

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