The Emancipation Proclamation was issued in the third year of the civil war, stating that any individuals that were deemed as slaves in the rebellious states, were now considered free by the government. This proclamation served as an aid to the Union since their enlistment percentages were lowering and the prospect of having African-Americans filling needed gaps at a desperate time were appealing. However this raised questions according to Tap: “How would black soldiers be received by the public? How well would African-Americans fight? How would the Confederacy respond to a full-scale effort to organize former slaves? And, perhaps more fundamentally, ...
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...at occurred at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864. After the Emancipation Proclamation produced on January 1, 1863, African-Americans, freed slaves, signed up to fight for “the Yankees, [donning] the blue Union uniform, and become active participants in not only restoring the Union but liberating themselves and potentially altering the social order” (Tap 122). Only to meet their faith after surrendering, becoming prisoners to the Confederated to be tortured and killed. Though this was not the only battle that resulted in African-Americans, freed slaves, being killed in cold blood, this was one of the first and major battles. A battle that should have been small and easy for the Confederates to apprehend with the numbers of troops they had, under Major General N. Bedford Forrest, turned into a blood bath of not only whites but one of the first waves of freed slave troops.
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