Category USCT

Dedication Day and Remembrance Day 2022

This year Dedication Day, which is always on November 19 and commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Remembrance Day, which is always on a Saturday and marks the end of the reenacting season with a parade of reenactors, fell on the same day The day began with the Dedication Day ceremonies in the National Cemetery. […]

Black Soldiers and the Transnational Civil War

This is a fine podcast by A. J. Cade on the history of African American militia in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Louisiana Native Guards in the Civil War, along with Benjamin Butler’s influence on them and the international reaction to Back United States soldiers. The episode’s description reads, “AJ Cade II on Black Soldiers […]

Respect Earned Through Blood: Black Troops Shatter Stereotypes

I found this article by Wil Greene. “Major General William Farrar Smith was a difficult fellow. ‘A short, quite portly man, with a light-brown imperial and shaggy mustache, a round military head, and the look of a German officer,’ Smith, thought Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, was ‘obstinate’ and ‘likely to condemn whatever is not […]

They made history fighting in Virginia. Now these men are fighting to preserve their legacy

We have this article about USCT who fought at the battle of New Market Heights and their legacy. “A large swath of the New Market Heights Battlefield along Route 5 was rezoned for housing 20 years ago. … Recently a subdivision with about 700 homes and townhouses was going to rise on this spot. But […]

The Consequences of USCT Soldiering

I came across this article by Professor Holly Pinheiro. It tells us, “Unfortunately for the Brown family (who lived in Baltimore County, Maryland), the U.S.’s mobilization of Black regiments tragically impacted their entire household decades after Robert E. Lee’s surrender. The lives of four household members—father and siblings—forever changed when Lee Othello Brown, a twenty-two-year-old, chose […]

Sacred Trust 2022 Day Three

Today was the last day of the 2022 Sacred Trust lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center. Matt Atkinson led things off, talking about “Hugh Reid Miller,” a member of the Mississippi Secession Convention and colonel of the 42nd Mississippi Infantry at Gettysburg, who was mortally wounded during Pickett’s Charge. As usual, his […]

The Louisiana Native Guards

This book by Dr. James G. Hollandsworth, Jr. is a study of one of the most interesting units of the Civil War era. Begun as a militia unit in New Orleans, Louisiana, this military organization of Black men offered themselves in service to the confederate state of Louisiana. Rejected by the confederacy, they remained in […]

CWTR Episode 1829: Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association

Here’s an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Tim Talbot of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association.

Winter Lecture 2022 – Camp Nelson and America’s Complicated Soul

Here’s Superintendent Ernie Price with an outstanding lecture on Camp Nelson National Monument. The video’s description reads, “Established as a supply depot and hospital during the Civil War for the U.S. Army, Camp Nelson became a large recruitment and training center for African American soldiers (USCTs), and a refugee camp for their wives and children. […]

A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs

This short book is the memoirs of Susie King Taylor. You can download and read it for free here or here. Born Susie Baker to an enslaved woman on Isle of Wight, one of the sea islands off the coast of Georgia, she writes, “I was born under the slave law in Georgia, in 1848, […]