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Fight to Victory
In these earthworks approximately 6,600 Confederate soldiers made their last stand to hold Wilmington against approximately 12,000 Union soldiers February 20-22, 1865. Nine African American regiments, referred to as U.S. Colored Troops during the time made up the Union force. The USCT made frontal assaults while the Confederates dug into these strong earthworks. The assaults all failed, but the attacks of the USCT removed all doubts in the minds of Confederate soldiers whether African American soldiers could fight.

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