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Battlefields of the Civil War: Photography by William Earle Williams at Houston's MFA

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HOUSTON.- African American men served in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. But in 1861, in the first months of the Civil War, blacks in the North who tried to enlist in the Union Army were turned away. Undeterred, they continued to organize and drill in the expectation the law would change.

This article discusses the work of William Earle Williams, a photographer who in 1995 began photographing the locations where black men fought in the Civil War.

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