Black Military Service in Civil War Missouri

St. Louis native Miller W. Boyd III shares insights from his groundbreaking research into the African American experience in Missouri during the Civil War. In unraveling the traditional motives for service—fighting to destroy slavery in America, securing black citizenship, and preserving the Union—Boyd shows that personal freedom and a chance to financially provide for families were often stronger motivations to enlist.

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Miller W. Boyd III

An award-winning scholar, Miller W. Boyd III is a past recipient of the Center for Civil War Research McMinn Fellowship and the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society Robert Eldridge Seiler Fellowship.