Tens of thousands of freedmen and runaway slaves served in the regiments of the United States Colored Troops and other state units. The men in this photograph, taken in 1864, were probably members of one of these units, the Corps d’Afrique. The Corps was organized in 1863 from men who served in Union General Benjamin Butler’s Louisiana Native Guard regiments.
National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs
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- ARC Gallery: African Americans
- ARC Gallery: Civil War