African American militia units
served as part of the Virginia state militia, the Virginia Volunteers, from 1872
until 1899. Although the General Assembly had long prohibited the arming of both enslaved and free blacks, African Americans still fought in
all American wars from the French
and Indian War (1754–1763) to the American Civil War (1861–1865). The first black militia unit to form in
Virginia after the Civil War was the Attucks Guard, in Richmond. Established in. . .
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