The Civil War in Missouri

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Black Soldiers Mustered Out at Little Rock, Arkansas

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Black soldiers returning home shared the relief and joy of their white counterparts. Conflict on the battlefield was over, but they faced a long fight ahead in their bid for equality. Military service provided a glimpse of the power black men could hold, and many soldiers returned to their communities determined to fight against racial inequality.