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During the Civil War many of the escaping slaves who reached the Union lines in Eastern North Carolina later joined the Union Army. In all 5,035 black soldiers from North Carolina made up four regiments. Two of these regiments, the 35th and 36th U.S. Colored Troops, were among the finest black regiments in the Union Army.
During the Civil War free and enslaved African Americans fled to the safety of Union-occupied northeastern North Carolina. There they served the Union action against the Confederates as spies, river pilots, messengers, guides, and laborers. Many joined the Northern army in units which at that time were called the United States Colored Troops. Haley provides examples of this military service.