Journalist James Richardson discusses his book, which is the journal of his ancestor, George Richardson, an abolitionist who participated in the Underground Railroad, served as a chaplain in a USCT regiment in Tennessee, and after the war taught in a school for freed people in Texas. He makes a couple of, let’s say questionable, statements, such as saying Galena was the most important city in Illinois before the Civil War [more important than Springfield, the state’s capital?]. Another questionable statement is his claim that Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the founders of the KKK. He wasn’t, though he was an early leader of the terrorist organization. Mr. Richardson also talks about George’s wife, Caroline, and her diary.
The video’s description reads, “Author James Richardson shared his family’s abolitionist story, starting with the journal of a relative who served as Chaplain to a Black Union regiment in the Civil War. Beer’s Books in Sacramento, California, hosted this event.”