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Military Service

After 1863 the U.S. government officially allowed African American men to serve in the military, though only in segregated units with European American officers. Still, thousands of African American men enlisted from all over the country, including 104 men who claimed residency in Minnesota. Others joined up with Minnesota units as they travelled through the south, often accompanying them back to Minnesota. Click the links below and the items on the right-hand side to learn about the experiences of these soldiers.



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Charles Jackson of Stillwater with his dog King.


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Painting "Third Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Entering Little Rock"


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Black Civil War Soldier.


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"The Negro Soldiers", St. Cloud Democrat, July 2, 1863


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Soldier group


War and Rememberance African Americans In Minnesota The Home Front Minnesota's Soldiers Fort Snelling's Role