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|Description||7th New York State Militia (part of the State Defense Forces) in 1861: Only very hesitantly were African-Americans allowed into the federal troops, and even if they were, they usually got only inferior jobs.
Description given at the source: "(...) image of 7th New York State Militia, Camp Cameron, D.C., 1861. The picture shows a boack boy shining a pair of boots belonging to one of the soldiers. The boy is likely a former slave. It was taken in 1861.The image shows Soldier, holding bayoneted rifle, standing full-length in front of tent, African American male seated beside him, and others in tent." (text from same source)
|Source||http://www.old-picture.com/civil-war/Shine-Shoe-Boy.htm (picture labeled "Shine-Shoe-Boy.jpg" there)|
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