St. Louis County (KSDK)--An estimated 180,000 African Americans fought in the Civil War, many of them newly freed slaves who literally fought for their freedom while in the military.
There is a local effort to properly recognize a group of Missouri Civil War soldiers.
The 56th Infantry Regiment, U-S Colored Troops was made up of Missouri slaves who enlisted to fight in the Civil War for the Union.
There will be a recognition and remembrance service next month at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for the members of the 56th who are buried there.
The service will include a reading of the names of all 175 soldiers who died in the cholera epidemic of 1866.
That service takes place August 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks.