Category USCT

Lives of Civil War African American Soldiers

In this video, Professor Elizabeth Varon and Dr. William Kurtz report on the latest digital history project from the University of Virginia, tracing the lives of African American Virginians who fought for the United States in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Elizabeth Varon and William Kurtz of the University of Virginia’s Nau Center for Civil War […]

Black Families in Civil War Philadelphia

Here’s Professor Holly Pinheiro of Augusta University giving a pretty good presentation on African American Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia, PA. The video’s description reads, “Augusta University Professor Holly Pinheiro talked about Black Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia. He also spoke about his research in newspaper and pension records […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

The big news comes out of Charlottesville, VA, where the neo-Nazis and racists who support confederate heritage staged a violent riot that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and was linked with the deaths of two Virginia State Police officers,  Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, whose helicopter crashed. This […]

U.S. Colored Troops

Here’s Steward Henderson giving a presentation on the USCT at the 2021 Emerging Civil War Virtual Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Some 180,000 African Americans — both free and formerly enslaved — served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Steward Henderson told the story of these men who by the end of the war […]

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

Here are two videos discussing the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in the National Gallery of Art. To me it should be the 54th Massachusetts Memorial. Anyway, the video’s description reads, “The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art was profiled. The memorial honors Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, […]

African Americans and Citizenship in the 19th Century

Here’s Professor Christopher Bonner discussing 19th Century African Americans and their quest for and understanding of citizenship. The video’s description reads, “Christopher Bonner spoke with the co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era about the his book Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship. He discussed his research process and how Black activists […]

Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops

This is another in the Concise Lincoln Library series from Southern Illinois University Press. Professor John David Smith of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte wrote this excellent volume. He tells us, “By war’s end, the army had raised 178,975 enlisted men for the USCT. The War Department’s Bureau of Colored Troops organized the soldiers in […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Confederate heritage continues its nationwide retreat. First, have a listen to this program from KQED, the NPR station in Northern California, on monuments. It centers on statues of Christopher Columbus and Father Junipero Serra, but it also delves into statues of slave owners and confederates. It includes Professor Adam Domby making excellent points about monuments […]

Ethnic and Immigrant Troops in the Civil War

Here’s a panel of historians discussing German, Irish, and African American soldiers in the Civil War. The panel includes Professor Christian Keller of the US Army War College, Professor Earl Mulderink of Southern Utah University, and Professor Craig Warren of Penn State Erie. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed the role and reception of ethnic […]

Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

Here’s a discussion of African American soldiers representing Wisconsin in the Civil War. Hosts Kevin Hampton and Chris Kolakowski speak with author Jeff Kannel and Nathan Millsap of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The video’s description reads, “The Wisconsin Veterans Museum hosted a conversation with Jeff Kannel, author of Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in […]