Category USCT

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 […]

Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry

Here’s author Steven LaBarre speaking about the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry, which has a connection to his family. The video’s description reads, “Steven LaBarre talked about the Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War. He described the background of some of the soldiers, the action they saw, and their lives after the war. He also […]

Unflinching Heroism: The United States Colored Troops at New Market Heights

Here’s Jimmy Price discussing the USCT of the Army of the James in their attack on New Market Heights near Richmond, VA. The video’s description reads, “The first 12 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded to African American soldiers were earned at a battle fought near Richmond. Some were free men fighting to prove that African […]

U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

Here’s Professor Roger Davidson of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland giving a lecture on Emancipation and the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. This is really an excellent class. The video’s description reads, “History Professor Roger Davidson discusses Emancipation and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Professor Davidson explains how African Americans […]

Benjamin Butler Message to Robert Ould

Colonel Robert Ould was the confederate commissioner for prisoner exchanges. Major General Benjamin F. Butler performed that role for the United States Army. On August 27, 1864 Butler sent a message to Ould which contains the reason why exchanges were halted by the Federals, leading to the overcrowding of prison camps on both sides. In […]

Eric Foner on the Civil War and Reconstruction Part Two

Here’s the second part of the course.  This section has 56 videos, again most of them around 10 to 11 minutes long. Professor Foner is most definitely not a military historian, and this section, which supposedly covers the war, is notable for the paucity of discussion of battles and military factors of the war.  If […]