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Letter from C.W. Foster, U.S. War Department, to Frederick Douglass, August 13, 1863.
The letter from C.W. Foster of the U.S. War Department to Douglass requesting his help in the recruiting effort, August 13, 1863

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Douglass's Role in the Civil War
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation clearly stated that Confederate slaves were now free and they could serve in the Union army. By the end of the war, about 186,000 African American men had enlisted. Douglass also worked as a recruiter in several regions of the country signing up African Americans to serve in the Union army. This letter requests Douglass's presence to help in the recruitment effort. Whom do you think he signed up to serve?
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