William Harvey Carney was one of the many Black American Soldiers that fought in the Civil War.

Carney was born a slave but later on in life he escaped to Massachusetts. He served in the 54th Massachusetts volunteer infantry as a sergeant. Blacks could not fight in the war untill the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. White generals promised to treat the black soldiers equally but that was far from the truth. These Black American soldiers waited 18 months before finally being paid 13 dollars a month. When finally being able to fight in the was they said " It might have been the best feeling in the world". They were very thankful to have a chance to prove theirselves and they did just that. They were thought to be scared to fight and should not have been allowed to fight but yet they made perhaps the biggest impact on the Civil War.






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