Excerpt from March 11, 1864 letter of Simeon Tierce

Black soldiers also faced other racist hardships during the war. Initially, black soldiers were paid $10/month, with $3 automatically deducted for clothing. This contrasts with the white soldiers' pay of $13, with no clothing deduction. This injustice was remedied in June of 1864, when Congress passed a law granting equal pay to the U.S. Colored Troops and made the action retroactive. Simeon Tierce discusses several of these issues in his letters home to his wife.

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