"We Fight for our Rights, Liberty, Justice and Union," 1865

Honoring Black Soldiers

A broadside honoring African American soldiers recalls Lincoln’s letter of August 26, 1863 to James Conkling of Springfield: “And then, there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation; while, I fear, there will be some white ones, unable to forget that, with malignant heart, and deceitful speech, they have strove to hinder it.”