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Approximately 5,500 African Americans with Arkansas ties served in Federal forces during the war. Aaron Harvey, shown here with his snare drum, enlisted in the Fifty-seventh U.S. Colored Infantry at Helena (Phillips County) in 1863. The regiment spent most of its service at Arkansas Post (Arkansas County) and Little Rock (Pulaski County). This color guard photo was likely taken in Little Rock in 1866.
Courtesy of the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture


Black Union Troops
Fifty-seventh Regiment, United States Colored Troops (US)
 
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