Fifty-seventh U.S. Colored Infantry

Approximately 5,500 African Americans with Arkansas ties served in Federal forces during the war. Aaron Harvey, shown here with his snare drum, enlisted in the Fifty-seventh U.S. Colored Infantry at Helena (Phillips County) in 1863. The regiment spent most of its service at Arkansas Post (Arkansas County) and Little Rock (Pulaski County). This color guard photo was likely taken in Little Rock in 1866.

African-American soldiers in blue uniforms with guns drums and flag

Courtesy of the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture