US Colored Infantry Enlistment in the Midwest and Wisconsin During the Civil War
Orser, Joseph A.
Ducksworth-Lawton, Selika M.
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The focus of this paper is to analyze the motives for African American soldiers who enlisted in the Union Army. To do this, this paper will analyze and compare prior scholarship on the topic by multiple authors; and use primary documents, primarily newspaper clippings, to apply the scholarship to the Midwest’s 29th Colored Infantry Regiment. For this, the paper will feature the stories of Henry Sink of Company F and Logan Davis of Company C, based on newspaper clippings from around the Midwest and Wisconsin. This paper argues that Black enlistment in the Union Army should not be boiled down to a singular reasoning. This idea acts in contrast to much of the prior research on the topic, and thus will further this discussion with a new perspective and a new story.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American
American Civil War (1861-1865)
African American soldiers -- Wisconsin -- History
African American troops -- History -- 19th century