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List of the 45th US Colored Infantry-West Virg
According to information provided by the West Virginia State Archives, the 45th US Colored Infantry is the one black regiment assigned to West Virginia during the Civil War. Most of these men were from Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were either escaped slaves eager to serve to further establish their "free" status, or "freedmen" from different states placed together near the conclusion of the war after African-American troops had proven their effectiveness.