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Copy of Gen. Halleck order on black troops, Washington, 1863

Copy of Gen. Halleck order on black troops, Washington, 1863

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Maine Historical Society

The Union began accepting black soldiers – in all-black regiments – in 1863 as this order from Gen. Henry Halleck reports.

Many of the regiments formed in Louisiana with free blacks and newly emancipated slaves; all had white officers.

Black regiments also formed in Northern states. More than 100 men of color from Maine joined these regiments.


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