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Virginia Karlberg
Virginia Karlberg • 1 year ago

Free blacks in Union service. A pair of African American men—one holding a horse, the other a broom—pose in front of a group of Union soldiers. Free blacks served the Union forces in various capacities, from laborer to soldier.

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