What Happened To Black Soldiers After The Civil War?

Black soldiers have proudly fought in every American war since the founding of this country, including the infamous Civil War. 

Written By Bilal G. Morris , Senior Editor


Posted November 11, 2022

To tell the story of American soldiers without paying homage to Black soldiers would be a true injustice to storytelling. Black soldiers have proudly

The Civil War was such a turbulent time for soldiers in America, especially if you were Black. America was fighting itself for the fabric of its soul. For years, slavery seeped its way into the pores of every arm of nation-building, including the economy as well as politics.

Soldiers from the north were pitted against soldiers from the south in a war over if Black people could be owned–let that sink in. Still, even with those horrific precursors, Black people chose to serve this country.  

By the end of the Civil War it was estimated that more than 200,000 Black men had served in the Union ‘ army and navy, the large majority of them former slaves. Black soldiers made up about 10% of the Union Army. 

Although they fought the same as white soldiers, Black soldiers weren’t treated as equals by any stretch of the imagination. They were put into segregated regiments, got less pay, and had to report to white officers who rarely had their best interests at heart. But regardless of the situation, Black soldiers played a vital role in the Union defeating the Confederate army. 

So what happened to these great heroes after the fighting was over?

This article appears in its entirety at the website NewsOne. It can be read here.