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Author:  Pris [ Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  57th U.S. Colored Infantry

Black regiments, such as these soldiers from the 57th U.S. Colored Infantry, were a positive addition to Union armies, comprising nine percent of the North's fighting force. Approximately five thousand black troops, many of them ex-slaves from Arkansas and Mississippi, were stationed at Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Helena during the war. A small detachment of the 57th accompanied Steele's expedition as engineers and bridge train guards into southwestern Arkansas in the spring of 1864.

Photo and info from the J.N. Heiskell Collection/UALR Archives located on disply at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. http://www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/

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