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Unknown [Broadside recruiting African Americans for military service]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04198 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Broadsides Date: 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: 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.

People: Scott, May, fl. 1863.
Shafer, Harriet, fl. 1863.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Recruitment, African American History, African American Troops, American Flag, Slavery, Emancipation, Education Confederate States of America, Emancipation Proclamation, President American Symbols and Seals

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation