Civil War (1861-62). key Civil War battles. First Bull Run (First Manassas) (July 1861) Seven Days Campaign (June-July 1862) Confederates gain initiative (Lee, Jackson) Union stops conciliating civilians Lincoln decides to abolish slavery. key Civil War battles.
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Our masters have live under the flag, they got there wealth under it, and every thing beautiful for their children. Under it they have grind us up, and put us in there pocket for money. But the first minute they think that old flag mean freedom for we colored people, they pull it right down, and run up the rag of their own.
-corporal in the 1st SC Vols, quoted by Higginson
I must first know something of their dialect in order that we might understand each other.
-excerpt from Elizabeth Hyde Botume’s memoir
Others of the colored people joined in; some whites on the platform began, but I motioned them to silence. I never saw anything so electric; it made all other words cheap; it seemed the choked voice of a race at last unloosed.
-excerpt from Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment (1870)