<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[African American Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div>Americans with African ancestry have served in United States military units since the arrival of the first black slaves in 1619. No war has been fought by the United States in which the African American soldiers did not participate. African Americans fought and served valiantly in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the current War in Iraq.
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Jonathan D. Sutherland.'' African Americans at War. An Encyclopedia.'' 2 volumes. Santa Barbara: California:ABC-CLIO, 2004. FHL 973 M26sj volume 2]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/122904-camp-fires-of-the-afro-american-or-the-colored-man-as-a-patriot?offset=33 James M. Guthrie.'' Camp Fires of the Afro-American; or, The Colored Man as a Patriot.''Philadelphia: Afro-American Pub Co., 1899 reprint New York: johnson Reprint Corporation, 1970. Digital Book]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/445493-list-of-black-servicemen-compiled-from-the-war-department-collection-of-revolutionary-war-records?offset=1 Debra L. Newman, comp. ''List of Black Servicemen Compiled from the War Department Collection of Revolutionary Records.'' Special List No. 36. WAshington: National Archives and Records Service. General Services Administration, 1974.] Digital Book
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Robert Ewell Greene. ''Black Courage, 1775-1783:documentation of black participation in the American Revolution.'' Washington,D.C.: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1984. FHL 973 M2gb]*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/285633 ?availability=Family%20History%20Library Mrs. Frank Ross Stewart.'' Black Soldiers of the American Revolutionary War.'' Centre, Alabama: Stewart University Press, 1978. FHL 973 M254s]*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/24748 ?availability=Family%20History%20Library William Cooper Nell. '' The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution.'' New York,New York: Arno Press, 1968. FHL 973 F2amL]*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/488955 ?availability=Family%20History%20Library Sidney Kaplan and Emma Nogrady Kaplan. ''The Black Presence in the era of the American Revolution.'' Amhert, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts, Press, 1908. FHL 973 H2kap]
*Debra Newman Ham. ''Guide to Records about Black Participants in the American Revolution from the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records at the National Archives.'' Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. 22, No.1 (2003):12-26. FHL 973D25j
*The University of Sydney/Cassandra Pybus, Kit Candlin and Robin Petterd, [http://www.blackloyalist.info/browse/ Black Loyalists]. Information about African Americans who joined the British during the Revolutionary War.
Other African Americans may be in these or other records of the Regular Army or in the records of state militias.
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Eric E. Johnson. ''Black Regulars in the War of 1812.'' Berwyn Heights, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2015. FHL 973 M2jee]
During the War of 1812, many African Americans fought in the U.S. armed forces, especially in the Navy. Many others fought on the side of the British.
*[https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/summer/military-agencies Lisha Penn.'' Documenting African Americans in the Records of Military Agencies.'' Prologue 29 (Summer, 1997)]
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Mark R. Salser. ''Black Americans in Defense of their Nation.'' Portland, Oregon: National Book, 1992. FHL 973 M2smr]
*[https://archive.org/details/servicesofcolore00nell_0/page/n2 William C. Nell. '' Services of Colored Americans in the Wars of 1776 and 1812. '' Philadelphia, PA.: A.M.E. Publishing Co., 1894.]
*[https://archive.org/details/coloredregularsi00stew/page/n8 T.G. Steward. ''The Colored Regulars in the United States Army. Sketch of the History of the Colored Americans, and an Account of His Services in the Wars of the Country, from the Period of the Revolutionary War to 1899.'' Philadelphia, A.M. E. Book Concern, 1904.]