New Archive for African-American Civil War Soldiers

A new project is working to put records of the United States Colored Troops—regiments of African-American soldiers that included large numbers of men who had been slaves at the start of the Civil War—online.

Just a few weeks prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union Army officially created the United States Colored Troops (USCT). However, details of these estimated 200,000 men who fought in the conflict are not easily accessible. While the army kept records of their backgrounds and where they fought as well as their fates and fortunes, they reside, in paper format, in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Excerpt from a printed broadside recruiting men of color to enlist in the US military after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The broadside was written by Frederick Douglass, signed by Douglass along with 54 leaders in the Philadelphia African American community, and published in Philadelphia. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

To bring the USCT, composed of regiments that formed stretching back to 1862, closer to both scholars and descendants, a team of researchers has launched a project that is working to put these records online and in an accessible system.

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