Behind the Scenes: African American War Soldiers

12, October 2012

While researching Civil War documents, archivist Dennis Northcott came across dozens of letters describing the plight of the 55th Massachusetts infantry, the group of African American soldiers depicted in the 1989 Oscar-winning movie Glory. Watch the video to learn more and to hear an excerpt from one of the letters. To discover more Civil War manuscripts, visit the museum’s Library and Research Center or browse the Civil War Manuscripts Guide, found at

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