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The Meaning and Making of Emancipation

The Meaning and Making of Emancipation

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Published by: Prologue Magazine on Dec 17, 2012
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Union General Nathanael Banks organized the Corps d'Afrique in the spring of 1863.

The unit was made up largely of former slaves from southern Louisiana. The officers

were all white. Some of the officers and men were drawn from the Louisiana's Afro-

Creole community and had earlier served in a Confederate unit known as the Louisiana

Native Guards. A photograph of them was taken in Port Hudson, Louisiana, around


Source: Photograph No. 165-JT-433B; ''Photograph of United States Colored Troops at Port Hudson,
Louisiana, 1864''; Photographic Prints in John Taylor Album*, ca. 1861–ca. 1865; Records of the War De-
partment General and Special Staffs, 1860–1952, Record Group 165; National Archives at College Park,
College Park, MD. (National Archives Identifier: 594179)


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