Early Photos of African-American Soldiers

Vintage black: For Veterans Day, a look back at our men in uniform.

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    This photo, taken between 1860 and 1870, shows a soldier holding a pistol. 

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    A man poses in Union uniform and gloves in the mid-1860s. 

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    In Union cavalry uniform with a cavalry saber, a soldier stands in front of a painted backdrop around 1864.  

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    Brotherly love: Two Union soldiers put their arms around each other for the camera.

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    A Civil War soldier circa 1865. 

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    Post-Civil War, a soldier dons his full regalia

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    A Union soldier with his wife and two daughters. 

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    The band of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry. 

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    A Union sailor

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    A traveling camp photographer took this shot of a young Civil War soldier. 

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    A buffalo soldier, Lt. 1st Infantry, in 1866. 

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    A buffalo soldier and a young girl pose in Deadwood, S.D., between 1877 and 1890. 

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    A World War I soldier stands before an American backdrop.

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    A 1942 soldier in Fort Knox, Ky., works on an army truck.