Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

African Americans in the war between the States

Black History Month


February 10, 2022

In June 1861, Tennessee became the first state in the South to allow the use of African American soldiers. The governor authorized the enrollment of those between the ages of 15-50 and to receive the same rations and clothing as white soldiers. Black soldiers started appearing in Tennessee regiments by September of that same year. Nobody really knows how many blacks actually served in the Confederacy.

A Union officer noted in his diary shortly before the Battle of Sharpsburg: “Wednesday, September 10: At 4 o’clock this morning the Rebel army began to move from our town, (Fredrick, MD)...

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