Significantly, huge numbers of Black Confederates, slave and loose, had already been struggling with on battlefields around the South for greater than years ahead of the recognized attack of the 54th Massachusetts on castle Wagner, together with the war's first significant conflict at Bull Run. even though the sizeable of majority blacks served the Confederacy in menial and help roles, Black Confederates, unfastened and slave, fought from 1861 to 1865 in regiments (infantry, cavalry, and artillery) that represented each Southern state.
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