The short history of the colored soldier in the Civil War exemplifies the course of emancipation. Emancipation and the use of black troops seemed like a nightmare to most white Americans but they quickly learned to adapt. On the other hand, many African-Americans developed a new sense of pride and honor due to their struggle towards freedom. The recruitment of blacks into the army was the most dramatic change brought on by the war. This process of change was clearly flawed, mostly due to the Northern government incapability to deal with the abrupt change of blacks being once a slave and now a soldier.