[African-American Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War]


Demonstrating the value of African-American soldiers to the Union war efforts.

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This trio of woodcut prints were originally published in New York as part of three different editions of Harper’s Weekly magazine (7/4/1863, 4/1/1865, 11/11/1865). Each illustrates the various means by which African-American soldiers were of tremendous military benefit to the Union war efforts during the American Civil War.

The earliest, issued on Independence Day, emphasizes the heroic defense of Milliken’s Bend, in which vicious close-quarters fighting disrupted Confederate attempts to relieve the siege of Vicksburg. The second sheet shows masses of ‘Negro Recruits’ debarking at Hilton Head, South Carolina, ready to join the fight. The final image, titled ‘The True Defenders of the Constitution’, presents a powerful battlefield scene littered with corpses from both races. It was published five days after peace was signed at Appomattox Court House – a striking condemnation of those rebellious politicians who started the Civil War and a poignant reminder of the valuable contributions of the African-Americans to ultimate victory.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1863 - 1865

Author: Harper's Weekly

Sheet Width (in): 15.5

Sheet Height (in): 10.9

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Group of three single sheets disbound from different editions of Harper's Weekly. Each shows some wear where formerly bound, light toning around the edges, and other sighs of faint wear. The Charleston print has some spotting in the margins and the image. Closed tear, about 2", repaired on the verso of the Battle of Milliken's Bend. Good to very good condition overall.


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