Category USCT

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week’s roundup with this article out of King George County in Virginia. “On a 3–2 vote, the King George County Board of Supervisors voted this week to move a monument that honors Confederate soldiers off the courthouse lawn. The action was applauded by members and friends of the King George chapter of […]


This is an article by Professor Thavolia Glymph from 2016. She writes, “He was the great-grandson of a black Civil War soldier and the grandson of a man who challenged in his own way the racial determinations imposed on black people. His life of resistance to racial discrimination and dehumanization stands as a memoir of […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We have some more news on the confederate heritage front. First is this article stemming from Election Day in Virginia, where Republicans used the big lie about Critical Race Theory to mobilize the racist vote. “Middle Peninsula voters overwhelmingly want to keep their Confederate monuments, according to results of advisory referendums in Mathews and Middlesex […]

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 […]