In the desperate last days of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis eventually follows the advice of General Patrick Cleburne and signs a law allowing African-Americans to serve as soldiers in the Confederate Army.
A bloody week in the cities of New York, Charleston and Lawrence.
Charleston Harbor is site of new weapon. Lee offers to resign as Confederate chief and Union debates role of blacks in its army.
As part of the Vicksburg Campaign, the Confederates launch an unsuccessful attack against Grant’s supply lines at Milliken’s Bend. Union black soldiers suffer heavy casualties in one of their earliest battles.