Category Archives: USCT

Echoes of The Reconstruction Era: July 2020

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era Blog. No period in United States history echoes as truly today as the Reconstruction Era. While many see contemporary parallels in the Civil War, let’s face … Continue reading

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Monuments, Mass Demonstrations, Race, and Reconstruction

(Editor’s Note: The conversations we’ve had on the blog this week about monuments, the recent mass demonstrations, and race have caused some readers to ask, “How does this help us better understand the Civil War?” In fact, the mission of … Continue reading

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“Now It Seems Strange To Me That We Do Not Receive The Same Pay”

Last weekend, I spent some time looking at primary sources addressing the pay inequality experienced by African American soldiers during the Civil War and what that represented and meant. The soldiers’ own letters provide reminders of the racism these men … Continue reading

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BookChat with David Silkenat, author of Raising the White Flag

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian David Silkenat, senior lecturer of American history at the University of Edinburgh. Silkenat is the author of Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the Civil … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Put This Book In Your Travel Pack!

  Do you have ten pounds of books in your backpack? (And an additional twenty pounds of books in a box in the back of your car?) I had a good laugh at myself last weekend when I was at … Continue reading

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“I helped…to pack haversacks and cartridge boxes”

Susie King Taylor accompanied the 33rd United States Colored Troops (originally designated as the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment) during their service. Her husband served in the unit, and she was officially listed as a laundress, though she also … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: From Enslaved to Soldier – A New Tour in Fredericksburg

On February 22, 2020, from 1 to 5 pm, Fredericksburg Tours will present a new tour that I have created, entitled “From Enslaved to Soldier.” This tour will explore slavery in the Fredericksburg area, from the City Dock on the … Continue reading

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The 30th Anniversary of Glory, Celebrated by the 54th Mass, Co. B

On July 21, 2019, in solidarity with my fellow members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company B, I attended the 30th Anniversary showing of the movie Glory. Although several of the 54th were in Bowie, Maryland, I attended the … Continue reading

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Jerilyn James Lee and Why the Civil War Still Matters

A pretty lady walked quietly in the cemetery where her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried. As she looked at the dates on the markers: I realized from the dates on my great grandmother’s grave that she was born in 1859 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Kevin Levin, a historian, educator, and blogger based in Boston, has waded into this argument keyboard blazing. The first three chapters discuss in depth the definition of a “camp slave.” When a slave-owning family sent one of their men to … Continue reading

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