Black History: Special Delivery!!
Many people are aware that some well known insurance companies; some of which are still in existence today; provided insurance for slaves owners. However, many people may not be aware that the US government paid claims to slave owners as well. For a short time during the Civil War, slave owners could file a claim against the federal government and receive compensation if their slaves joined the military. Two acts of congress passed in 1864 and 1865 made this possible. The acts were struck down by congress in 1867.
Back regiments fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. Of Approximately 186,000 African-American soldiers (including 94,000 former slaves from Southern states), 38,000 died in battle. The Confederate Army generally frowned upon having blacks served. Though some did do so, it was generally felt that arming blacks who were also enslaved or had been enslaved would be a threat to the Confederate Army.