RESEARCH: 240 BLACKS FROM ALBEMARLE COUNTY FOUGHT WITH THE UNION IN THE CIVIL WAR

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Newspaper story from Charlottesville VA quotes Elizabeth Varon, Gary Gallagher and William Kurtz.



"For more than a century, historians have known that tens of thousands of black men fought for their freedom with the Union Army during the Civil War. Pieces of this history have been filled in over time: names and ranks, enlistment dates and locations, dates and place of death.

New research conducted at the University of Virginia’s John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History reveals a new layer of detail in the story of slaves fighting as liberators.

Using military and pension records and combining information in public databases, Nau Center researchers discovered that at least 240 black men born in Albemarle County fought with the Union Army. The men were former slaves and free blacks who served in the United States Colored Troops, a branch of the U.S. Army founded to recruit and oversee African-Americans in the Army."



https://news.virginia.edu/content/research-240-blacks-albemarle-county-fought-union-civil-war
 

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