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.