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They were often used to build fortifications, and other non-combat tasks such as occupation and foraging. They routinely were denied the opportunity to face the CSA in combat, and were often even denied weapons and ammunition. Many, even the vast majority wanted to prove themselves in combat, prove their equal ability, prove their equality on the battlefield, prove their equality as men. They knew the risks of being captured. They volunteerd to join the Union Army, they put pressure on their white commanders to get them into action and endured. With Honor. With Glory.

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They faced greater hardships because they were fighting for their own freedom. Also, because until a point the African American soldiers received less pay then all of the white soldiers. This couldn't have made them want to work very hard. They were treated harsher, and pushed harder.

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Even though the US Army wanted blacks to fill the ranks of their army, many commanders did not trust them to fight. So many were used for manual labor; transportation, construction and hard labor.

Also blacks were accepted into the army but very few were allowed to serve as Sergeants and none were allowed to be an Officer.

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African American soldiers were treated way differently than white soldiers. They were paid less than white soldiers, and received fewer supplies. Blacks were not treated as equals among the ranks of the Union Army and were often teased.

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The black soldiers were not treated or paid equally. At first the black soldiers were paid as laborers.

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