United States. Adjutant General’s Office. NEGRO IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES, 1639-1886.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1963
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. T 823; v. National Archives record group 94.
Between 1885 and 1888 the United States Adjutant General's Office compiled federal documents relating to military service of blacks from miscellaneous sources such as secondary works, colonial records, and state legislative records. The largest portion of the material focuses on blacks during the Civil War. Fugitive slaves, black laborers, the Confederate use of blacks, the changing legal status of blacks, and black military service are covered. Blacks served in the Georgia, Louisiana, North and South Carolina militias before the Civil War. Often they were laborers, but sometimes they served as fighting men. They also served in the American Revolutionary Army and in other wars.
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