Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Joining Up for Freedom
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.
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 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 Americans • War, US Civil •
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.