The Civil War and Reconstruction Era

The impact of the Civil War (1861-1865) on African Americans and their interactions with military forces is mirrored in the significant number of items associated with this conflict in the Gladstone collection. Confederate documents largely record the use of enslaved persons by the Confederate military as an essential labor force. Materials relating to the United States military reflect the wider range of African American experiences as non-combatant civilians and as servicemen in the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Explore the Civil War and its legacy through correspondence, orders, publications, and other documents relating to wartime encounters of African Americans and military powers.

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