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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 13, 1865

Bill Authorizing Black Soldiers Passed and Signed

The Confederate Senate - meeting in Richmond, VA - approved by a single vote a bill authorizing the recruitment of black soldiers into the Confederate army. The House of Representatives had already approved the bill, which was then sent to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who signed it immediately. Click here to see the full text of the act. Several thousand blacks would try to take advantage, by enlisting in hopes of earning their freedom, but the measure was too late to affect the outcome of the war. See the following links for more information.

Black Troops in Civil War Georgia from the New Georgia Encyclopedia

History Channel Page on Confederacy Approving Black Soldiers