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Civil War Resources in Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

African Americans during the Civil War

Black and white photograph of a Black solider in a Civil War-era military uniform. He is seated, looking directly at the camera.

This section considers the roles of African Americans during the Civil War and is an introduction to resources at the Rubenstein Library at Duke. It does not intend to be comprehensive. The items listed here pertain to African American troops during the Civil War, the last few years of slavery, and the first few years after emancipation. Please consult Duke Libraries' catalog for more recent publications and any additional materials the library may have. Feel free to get in touch with us for assistance finding more material on this topic.








Sergeant, U.S. Army Colored Troops, circa 1860s,
Picture File, Rubenstein Library