Category USCT

The Week in Confederate Heritage

Confederate heritage continues its nationwide retreat. First, have a listen to this program from KQED, the NPR station in Northern California, on monuments. It centers on statues of Christopher Columbus and Father Junipero Serra, but it also delves into statues of slave owners and confederates. It includes Professor Adam Domby making excellent points about monuments […]

Ethnic and Immigrant Troops in the Civil War

Here’s a panel of historians discussing German, Irish, and African American soldiers in the Civil War. The panel includes Professor Christian Keller of the US Army War College, Professor Earl Mulderink of Southern Utah University, and Professor Craig Warren of Penn State Erie. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed the role and reception of ethnic […]

Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

Here’s a discussion of African American soldiers representing Wisconsin in the Civil War. Hosts Kevin Hampton and Chris Kolakowski speak with author Jeff Kannel and Nathan Millsap of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The video’s description reads, “The Wisconsin Veterans Museum hosted a conversation with Jeff Kannel, author of Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in […]

NCWM Lessons in Hist-USCT Occupation of the South during and after the Civil War – Late Hari Jones

Here’s the late Hari Jones giving an outstanding presentation at the National Civil War Museum on the USCT troops occupying parts of the South during and after the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Hari Jones, Independent Scholar presented on The United States Colored Troops on Occupation Duty 1865 – 1867 as part of the […]

Black Prisoners of War in the Confederacy

Here’s Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall of Virginia Tech giving a presentation based on her research on African American soldiers held as prisoners of war in the confederacy. She has some really good information here. The video’s description reads, “Caroline Wood Newhall, a postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, discussed her research […]

Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2020 Winter Lecture Series

This month kicks off the 2020 Winter Lecture Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park, with first up being Matt Atkinson speaking on Freemasonry at Gettysburg. Here’s the full lineup: Sat. January 11 – Ranger Matt Atkinson ~ Freemasonry at Gettysburg: Fraternal Bonds Tested by Battle Sun. January 12 – Ranger Bert Barnett ~ Gettysburg – Recovery, […]

Monument to USCT Proposed in Richmond

According to this article, a councilwoman in Richmond, VA proposes to erect a monument to the United States Colored Troops on Monument Avenue. “The effort, led by a group called the Honor the 14 Foundation, aims to memorialize 14 Medal of Honor recipients from a U.S. Colored Troops regiment of the Union Army. The foundation […]

African Americans and the Union Army

Here’s Professor Tamika Nunley of Oberlin College giving a presentation on African Americans who joined the Union Army at the 2019 Nau Center for Civil War History Signature Conference. The video’s description reads, “Oberlin College Professor Tamika Nunley detailed the reasons behind African Americans joining the Union Army during the Civil War and the important role they played […]

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 […]