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Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Joining Up for Freedom

 
 
Joining Up for Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Joining Up for Freedom Marker
Recruitment poster in left corner was used in 1863 to attract black soldiers to join the Union Army.
Inscription. The Union army became a refuge for formerly enslaved
 African Americans in 1862. The Second Confiscation Act 
declared that enslaved people taking refuge behind Union 
lines would be set free. Across the South, black freedom
 seekers flocked to the Federals, and worked as laborers, cooks, and teamsters. But many wanted to fight in battle.
 And fight, they did.

In 1862 and 1863, forward-thinking Union commanders
 began forming units like the 1st and 3rd Mississippi 
Regiments, African Descent. But many Northerners were 
skeptical about the decision to accept blacks into military 
service. The tide of public opinion quickly turned after 
heroic action by black troops in 1863 at Port Hudson and
 Milliken's Bend along the Mississippi.

[Photo captions]
Bottom left: By early 1863, white recruits had slowed to a
 trickle. The Union army desperately needed
 more men. Creating black regiments brought
 an infusion of new soldiers-helping the 
North keep a numerical advantage over 
the South, and win the war.
Bottom right: These soldiers were among the first formerly 
enslaved men to join the Union army.

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.439′ N, 90° 50.004′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Grant Avenue 0.3 miles east of Sherman Loop, on the right when traveling
Joining Up for Freedom Marker at the African American Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. Joining Up for Freedom Marker at the African American Monument.
east. Touch for map. Located at the African American Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grant Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1st and 3rd Mississippi Infantry Regiments (USA) (here, next to this marker); U ☆ S Battery E (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Illinois 29th Infantry. [Detachment.] (about 700 feet away); U S Missouri (about 800 feet away); Rhode Island 7th Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Siege Operations, May 23-July 4. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Massachusetts Tribute to the 29th, 35th and 36th Regiments Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service on the African American Monument. (Submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Facts, information and articles about African Americans In The Civil War, from Black History. (Submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
African American Monument next to marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. African American Monument next to marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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