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A look at the US government's first attempts to recruit Southern blacks for Civil War duty beginning in the spring of 1863 in North Carolina with plans to recruit four regiments. The North Carolina brigade was short-lived as attitudes, goals, and priorities swiftly changed in late 1863 and early 1864 and overshadowed the original progressive ideas. Though blacks chose to serve voluntarily and were grudgingly accepted by a white army, the black state units became pawns in a larger struggle and lost their individuality as they were absorbed into the larger US Colored Troops Division.
New Bern's Civil War history stretches beyond the Confederacy. The Union invasion of Roanoke, followed by the occupation of New Bern in 1862 promoted the establishment of contraband camps for escaped slaves. Colored troop regiments emerged as a result.