When "The Arrival of Negro Troops" Signaled the End of the Confederacy in the Spring of 1865

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In April, May and June of 1865 the remaining Confederate forces surrendered to Union armies. During these months Union troops marched relatively freely through much of the South. In places where a year earlier a commander would never think of sending a unit smaller than a division, now single regiments might be send on their own in the expectation that they would not encounter more than isolated resistance.

This brief account from The Augusta Daily Constitutionalist records the first arrival of Black troops in the small city.

Daily Constitutionalist
Friday, Jun 16, 1865
Augusta, GA
Vol: XXII
Issue: 256
Page: 1

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