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Wednesday, 21 November 2012
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY: BLACK SOLDIERS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR :
At the beginning of the Civil War in America, African American were not allowed to serve in the US Military, by summer of 1862 it was clear that additional troops were needed. To meet the need, Congress pass two Bills that allowed the participation of Black Soldiers in the Union Army. William Matthews was so enthusiastic about the New Kansas Coloured Volunteer Infantry in 1862, that he was one of the first to volunteer. Matthews enthusiasm spreads and he convinced a number of ex-slaves to enlist in the regiment. The Leavenworth businessman soon was appointed Captain the highest ranking African American Officer in the Regiment.