Category USCT

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, […]

Lincoln and African Americans

Here’s a pretty good panel discussion, moderated by Professor Jonathan White, on Abraham Lincoln and African-Americans. The panelists are Professor Lucas Morel, Professor Edna Greene Medford, and Michelle Krowl. This was at the 2021 Lincoln Forum symposium. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed President Abraham Lincoln’s views and policies on race and examined letters and petitions […]

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 […]