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Re-enactors Celebrate African-American Contribution to US Civil War

July 03, 2014 10:35 PM
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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.