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Mustered Out - Black Civil War Soldiers Come Home

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In this drawing, African-American soldiers who fought for the Union return home to their families. Everyone is overjoyed when peace was restored in the country

The Library of Congress provides more information about the drawing, by Alfred R. Waud (which was published in the May 19, 1866 issue of Harper's Weekly):

Alfred Waud's drawing captures the exuberance of the Little Rock, Arkansas, African American community as the U. S. Colored Troops returned home at the end of the Civil War. The victorious soldiers are joyously greeted by women and children.

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Mustered Out by Alfred R. Waud

Little Rock, Arkansas, April 20, 1865

Drawing - Chinese white on green paper

Published in Harper's Weekly, May 19, 1866

Image, courtesy Library of Congress

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