Copy of Gen. Halleck order on black troops, Washington, 1863Item 75085 info
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.