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Civil War

Remembering the 45th

One black regiment, the 45th U.S.Colored Troops, was formed in West Virginia . The state archives has a partial list containing of over 220 men in the West Virginia unit, including men from nearby Pennsylvania and Virginia. The first members were enlisted on April 20, 1864. The men in the West Virginia U.S.C.T. were either escaped slaves looking to become freemen or freemen who were eager to prove their worth as soldiers.

The American Civil War, also known as the War Between the States or simply the Civil War, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 in the United States after several southern slave states declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America.

Wepons used?Colt Dragoon Revolver:Issued to the US Cavalry. A heavy large-caliber pistol invented during the Mexican War and designed for killing the mounts of charging enemy troopers.Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber: Issued to mounted artillery.

In addition to the perils of war faced by all Civil War soldiers, black soldiers faced additional problems stemming from racial prejudice. Racial discrimination was prevalent even in the North, and discriminatory practices permeated the U.S. military.

Black soldiers were initially paid $10 per month from which $3 was automatically deducted for clothing, resulting in a net pay of $7. In contrast, white soldiers received $13 per month from which no clothing allowance was drawn.

An Unknown Union Black Solider



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