Browsing All posts tagged under »United States Colored Troops«

“Poor deluded African, he leaves his kind Master…”

January 29, 2014 by

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Note: The post got ahead of me, just a bit. Prior to posting this I planned to add one more comment… which I’ve since added at the end of this post. From page 1, column 2 of Staunton’s Republican Vindicator, January 29, 1864: We have been informed by a gentleman who has lately returned from Winchester […]

Legacy lost – Valley men of the 54th Massachusetts at Wagner

July 17, 2013 by

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Tomorrow marks the day made famous by the movie Glory. It might be that we are only truly aware of it, on a larger scale, because of the movie (update: Craig’s got an excellent piece on the fight… and a word to the wise, just in case the movie made you think otherwise… the 54th wasn’t the […]

A closer look at those USCT monuments and markers

March 12, 2013 by

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In the poll, from earlier today, I asked readers how many monuments and markers there are, that interpret the story of the USCTs. Based on the monuments/markers uploaded to the Historical Markers Database, there are 115 (using “USCT” in the search engine), and 161 (using the phrase “colored troops” in the search engine). I took […]

The state of USCT interpretation (monuments and markers): a poll

March 12, 2013 by

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In the discussions I’ve seen regarding the future of interpretation of USCTs, I don’t think I’ve seen anything that considers that which is underway already. I believe, before we can discuss the future of interpretation, we might do well to know the current status of the same. There are several questions that I’d like to see […]

Interpreting USCTs in places where they were not…

March 10, 2013 by

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Recently, there’s been a flurry of posts about USCTs (see Craig Swain’s, here; Emmanuel Dabney’s, here; Kevin Levin’s, here; and Jimmy Price’s, here), and, as I’m in the process of compiling a list of USCTs born in Shenandoah Valley counties, I find it timely. Should the interpretation of USCTs be incorporated into places in which they were not… […]

A larger project in the works

October 25, 2012 by

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Obviously, I’ve not been writing a great deal over the past few weeks. For one, I’ve been struggling with a bout of writer’s block. On top of that I’m battling with content… what I want to put in a blog, and what I want to put in a book. Yup, a book is in the […]

Men of the Shenandoah Valley… at the Crater and Ft. Fisher!?

November 30, 2011 by

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Men of the Shenandoah Valley earned a number of battle honors over the course of the Civil War… from Manassas to the Mule Shoe… Falling Waters to Appomattox… but… sadly, the list is much shorter than it should be… and for what purpose? Yes… men of the Valley were present in the ranks of the […]

Shenandoah Valley African-Americans in the Civil War… a sampling

October 30, 2011 by

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You might recall a post from this past July, in which I briefly mentioned Shenandoah Valley African-Americans in the USCT. I haven’t had as much time to work with that project as I would like, but it’s one that is always on my mind. Perhaps, over winter, I’ll be able to wrap it up. Anyway, […]

More on another view of the Shenandoah Valley’s Civil War

July 10, 2011 by

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So far, I have about 345 USCT soldiers claiming different counties in the Shenandoah Valley as their place of birth… and I’m not even half way through the index which I’ve been looking into.Ultimately, all total, there may be enough to equate to one infantry regiment, or at least a hefty sized battalion. In the […]

More on the Civil War and tangents

July 3, 2011 by

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Funny how things seem to work… Recently, I made yet another visit to Winchester National Cemetery (I seem to be doing that a lot these days), looking to take a photo of a headstone for a trooper from Cole’s Maryland Cavalry. He died of illness in a hospital in Martinsburg, and, like most Union soldiers […]

Sesquicentennial in the Shenandoah Valley… what you probably won’t hear about

July 2, 2011 by

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It’s something that’s been totally overshadowed by “memory” of Stonewall Jackson, Turner Ashby, the Stonewall Brigade, and even Sheridan’s “Burning”… and something that will likely remain overshadowed during the Sesquicentennial here, in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s the story of the Valley’s free black and slave population… the Unionists civilians (slave and free), and those who […]

Small talk jibber jabber

March 16, 2009 by

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I couldn’t help but notice… and thought it worthy of mention here… that at the top of Virginia’s Department of Taxation page, there is an interesting graphic. From right to left, we have the Natural Bridge, the Godspeed II (I believe), Monticello, a shot from (I think) Colonial Williamsburg, and… as the focus on Virginia’s […]

Are we limited in our perspectives in the Civil War blogosphere?

January 26, 2009 by

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After reading a comment made in one of my posts from few days ago, I realized something; something that I had really not thought of before. I think it is revealing in terms of how the Web can erase racial barriers. Nonetheless, of all of those who blog in the Civil War blogosphere, who among […]

Another new beginning, from a few years back

January 23, 2009 by

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“Alfred Waud’s drawing captures the exuberance of the Little Rock, Arkansas, African American community as the U. S. Colored Troops returned home at the end of the Civil War. The victorious soldiers are joyously greeted by women and children.” From the Library of Congress’ “African-American Odyssey, Part 1“ Dual-posted in Southern Unionists Chronicles.

On “Black Confederates”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve been enjoying Kevin Levin’s blogging about Black Confederates lately and I particularly enjoyed his post Black Confederates: The Standard Formula. I don’t really think much of the position that some in the SCV and neo-Confederates (yes, I recognize a difference between the two, though at times, people from the two sets are one-in-the-same under the same neo-Confederate ideology) have taken […]