At about this time the USCTs of the Ninth Corp's Fourth Division had entered the battle. Part of one brigade ended up in the confusion of the crater itself, but much of the division managed to maneuver to its right and into the confusing and complex chain of earthworks that extended outward. A couple of [...]
Yesterday a memorial was dedicated to those black men from Lexington Park, Maryland who chose to join the United States army. Here is a short video of the dedication that includes a speech from Congressman Steny H. Hoyer. It is nice to see this taking place in a small community.
This morning I learned that Natasha Trethewey has been named as the next poet laureate. Many of you know Trethewey from her penetrating collection of poems on the racial legacy of the Civil War, titled Native Guard. Her selection comes at an important point in the Civil War Sesquicentennial as we begin to commemorate those [...]
File this one under the 'better late than never' category. I guess every historian has experienced uncovering a gem of a reference that failed to make it into a published work. The following editorial ("Our Colored Militia") was published in the Petersburg Lancet on September 12, 1885 by George F. Bragg, Jr. on the occasion [...]
And here is the final comment from yesterday's SHPG thread: A few months ago, I saw on the History Channel some stories of earlier armies, who killed every standing soldier left in the battle. The Black Flag became a Flag - Understood by Pirates and Armies, that there would be "No Survivors" left standing - [...]