Crewmembers cooking on deck, in the James River, Virginia, 9 July 1862. Photographed by James F. Gibson. The contraband sailor in the foreground of the image is Siah Carter.
A Call to Arms
|USS Miami, 1864-1865|
Proudly They Served
USS Sacramento "Kroomen" from Monrovia, Liberia, on board, in January-February 1867
African Americans fought in every naval campaign during the war, from the blockading squadrons of the Atlantic and Gulf to the brown water tributaries of the southern states. Black women also played a role in the naval war, offering their services as nurses aboard the hospital ship USS Red Rover on the Mississippi River. By war's end, eight African American sailors won the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military medal offered in the United States to this day.
After the War
|Depicting Jim Crow|
Pictures are produced here courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
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