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Voices of the Civil War Episode 19: "Douglass and Lincoln"

By August 1863, African American soldiers within the Union Army had proven themselves in battles such as Port Hudson, Millikens Bend and Fort Wagner. On August 9, 1863, abolitionist and orator, Frederick Douglass met with President Abraham Lincoln to discuss his concerns in regards to the fair treatment and equal pay of African American soldiers within the Union Army. Douglass discussed three concerns with President Lincoln and Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, without resolve. On the same day as Frederick Douglass visit to the White House, President Lincoln wrote to Union General Ulysses S. Grant to express his favor in using black troops in the war.

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