African American Soldiers in the Civil War
African Americans have served in every modern conflict since the Revolutionary War. For those seeking information on their African American soldier ancestors, military records can be a treasure trove. Record collections on FamilySearch and other sites offer specific records for African American soldier units in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, biographies and Army Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers” of the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II.
Each conflict shaped the future, but perhaps none was as far-reaching for the future of African Americans than the American Civil War.