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Diary of a Historian

In John David Smith’s book Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era, he states that approximately 10% of the soldiers in the Union Army were black. One of these soldiers happened to be Rachel Flower’s father, Harry F. Flowers. According to his enlistment record, Mr. Flowers was born in Putnam County, FA in 1846. He worked as a farmer. My favorite fact, he was only 5’4’’. He enlisted in 1864 in Jacksonville, FA and was promoted Corporal on August 31, 1865 and Sergeant on September 12, 1865. He fought for the 21st Regiment Company F in the US Colored Infantry.

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In the next document shown below, Flowers mustered in at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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In a more descriptive document, he appeared as a Private and mustered in at Hilton Head. A bounty of $100 was paid (not exactly sure what that means) to Harry during…

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