Category Archives: USCT

Purge of the Second Louisiana Native Guards

Sometimes courage and leadership among military officers lies not in leading a battlefield charge, but challenging injustice directly. Such leadership occurred by the line officers of the Louisiana Native Guards, the largest concentration of African American military officers in the … Continue reading

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From the Plantation to the Battlefield

“Journey of a slave from the plantation to the battlefield”

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Saving History Saturday: New Historic Marker To Be Unveiled at Franklin Battlefield

The following article is an original press release from Williamson County Chamber on August 26, 2021 FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Battle of Franklin Trust will unveil an historic marker sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust recognizing the enslaved at Rippavilla … Continue reading

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Finding Miss Susie

If studying history has taught me anything, it’s that everything is connected. Places, people, and events that shaped the nation did not occur in a vacuum. The soldiers and civilians we read about did not exist in just one place … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: The USCT Continued to Serve After the War Was Over

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog July 18 was the 158th Anniversary of the assault of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on Battery Wagner near Charleston. The assault was the most famous single military … Continue reading

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Dying Far From Home: Pvt. Thomas Young, Co. A, 5th USCI

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott African Americans in mid-nineteenth century America experienced the road to freedom differently. Some found the course short and straight. They claimed personal liberty as a right of birth by place or circumstance. … Continue reading

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Untangling the Marmillions, Part 2

Read Part 1 HERE Naturally, with all these V.B.s, P.B.s, and E.B.s floating around, it makes research difficult, if not impossible to deduct who is who. For instance, a “V.B. Marmillion” was listed along with many other planters in St. … Continue reading

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New Sign Highlights Black History in Winchester

Adapted from a news release… During Winchester’s Juneteenth weekend a new Civil War Trails sign was unveiled at 15 North Cameron Street, on the ground of City Hall. The sign enables visitors to stand in the footsteps of the 19th … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: An Immigrant Defender of Black Freedom

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and no American military conflict was more impacted by immigrants than the American Civil War. Roughly a quarter of the United States forces … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Jon Tracey on John Rankin

C-SPAN 3’s coverage of ECW’s recent virtual symposium continues this weekend with the premier of a talk by one of our newest talents, Jon Tracey. Jon presents a talk on John Rankin, based on his talk “John Rankin, Bravery, and … Continue reading

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