Category USCT

Thunder at the Gates

This book by Professor Douglas Egerton discusses three United States Colored Troops regiments, the 54th Massachusetts, the 55th Massachusetts, and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry, which were real black soldiers in the Civil War, not the mythological ones pushed by confederate heritage apologists. Following the precept that the most interesting history writing is writing that reads […]

African Americans and the Civil War

This is Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander speaking about her book, Standing on the Precipice of Change: Virginia’s African American Fighters in the Civil War. This is another excellent presentation at the 2019 joint American Civil War Museum, Nau Center for Civil War History, and Library of Virginia symposium held at the Library of Virginia. The video’s description […]

On Freedom’s Tenuous Edge

On February 3, 2019, Ranger John Hoptak gave an excellent presentation in the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park’s Winter Lecture Series on Gettysburg’s African American community before, during, and after the battle. He told us slavery was still legal in Pennsylvania when the town of Gettysburg was incorporated. The first slaves in the town belonged to […]

2018 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Three

This was Sunday, June 24, 2018. We started off the day with concurrent sessions. Dr. Jonathan Lande of Weber State University gave a lecture on the US Colored Troops and Desertion. Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington gave a presentation on the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and Susan Ashman of […]

Civil War Conversations- The History and Hollywood of Glory

Here’s Professor Brian Steel Wills giving a presentation at the American Civil War Museum discussing the movie “Glory” and the real history of the 54th Massachusetts compared and contrasted with the screen version in the movie. The video’s description reads, “Every engagement during the American Civil War contained elements of human drama, but few were […]

U.S. Colored Troops as Prisoner Guards

Here’s Professor Kelly Mezurek of Walsh University giving a presentation on the Union decision to use USCT troops to guard confederate prisoners. This was part of the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Kelly Mezurek talked about the Union’s decision to assign U.S. Colored Troops to guard Confederate prisoners. She described the […]

Be Free or Die Discussion

This is a discussion of the book, Be Free or Die, the story of Robert Smalls, with author Cate Lineberry and Smalls’ great-great grandson, Michael Boulware Moore. The video’s description reads, “Cate Lineberry talked about her book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in which she recalls the life […]