In 1862, African-Americans — both free and escaped slaves — were allowed to enlist in the Federal army. One hundred seventy-nine thousand served during the conflict — and many believe there service was a major turning point in the war. One of those black regiments was recently recognized for its contributions — in the war that took more than two hundred thousand lives — and VOA was there to share this story.

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  1. How can anyone dislike this? Black people, both freed men and former slaves rallied to the flag during a time of national crisis. We're it not for these nen, the war might have been prolonged or lost to the Confederacy.

  2. That's a bit far for me.  I live about 200 miles away.  I couldn't attend with any regularity.  I would support you guys though.  Good Luck and maybe we can meet one day.