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Collection Reference Number GLC08249
From Archive Folder Collection of miscellaneous Civil War-era newspapers 
Title Broadside recruiting African Americans for military service
Date 1863
Document Type Broadside
Content Description Color recruitment broadside depicting a Union soldier holding a United States flag with an attached banner declaring "Freedom to the Slave." In the background on one side, African American troops march holding a United States flag bearing the words "U. S. Regt. Colored Troops." On the other side, African Americans walk into a public school. The Union man stands on a Confederate flag, while a slave tears the flag in half. A broken set of shackles lay in the foreground. On verso, a printed statement declares "All SLAVES were made FREEMEN BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, JANUARY 1st, 1863. Come, then, able-bodied COLORED MEN, to the nearest United States Camp, and fight for the STARS AND STRIPES." Docketed by Harriet E. Shafer and May S. Scott, both of Michigan. Contains several torn creases.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  American Flag  African American History  African American Troops  Recruitment  Music  Slavery  Emancipation  Education  John Brown  Union Forces  
Theme The American Civil War; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Education
Sub-collection American Civil War Newspapers and Magazines
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945