First black regiment, the First Carolina, organised

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The First South Carolina Volunteers was the first organised African-American Union Army regiment. It was composed of escaped slaves, and its first commander was abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson (22nd December, 1823 - 9th May, 1911). Higginson was white, as were all the officers in the unit.

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