Confederate Veteran ... a number of blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army, but they will dispute, however, that these blacks served as soldiers, and will dismiss their service as that of servants attached to the Army. Not so however.
Sgt. William H. Carney won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War on July 18, 1863 (the first Black soldier to receive the coveted award). Sargent Carney, a member of the 54th Massachusetts Colored infantry was wounded twice during the charge on Fort Wagner, S.C. while rescuing the Union Flag.
Tuskegee Airmen at a briefing in Italy in 1945. The squad of all African American pilots was formed in 1941 after extensive lobbying for funding by the press and civil rights organizations. Prior to 1941 African American men were barred from flying for the U.S. military. The pressure resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. @Takeka Yoda via Bonnie Koenig
26-year-old Associated Press photographer Jack Thornell famously captured this Pulitzer Prize-winning image of James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, after he was wounded by a sniper while leading a march to encourage African Americans to vote. When the attack happened, Thornell was sitting in his car; he took two rolls of pictures of Meredith, but never put down his camera to offer his wounded subject help.
Milton L. Olive, lll was in the army. He was ranked as private first class. He was in Republic of Vietnam and Phu Cuong. He served in October 22, 1965. He smothering a grenade blast with his body. The first African American Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. How was it like to be the first African American to earn a Medal of Honor?
American Civil War Uniforms- The Union and the Confederacy wore different uniforms to distinguish from eachother during the Civil War. The Union typically wore navy blue long frock coats while the Confederates wore grey on frock coats that were a tad shorter.
In actual numbers, African-American soldiers comprised 10% of the entire Union Army. Losses among African-Americans were high, and from all reported casualties, approximately one-third of all African-Americans enrolled in the military lost their lives during the Civil War.