"United States Colored Troops: Fighting for Freedom" Civil War Conversation

Date: 
August 14, 2013 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Location: 
Appomattox
Event Type: 
Series
Contact: 
Josie Butler
Email: 
jbutler@moc.org
Address: 
159 Horseshoe Rd.
Phone: 
(855) 649-1861

Every second Wednesday of the month, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are partnering to bring the Civil War Sesquicentennial to Appomattox. Each month, a knowledgable speaker will lead a discussion on a topic or event's 150th anniversary. For July, August, and September of 2013, the talks will move from their normal location at Baine's Books and Coffee to the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.

This talk will cover the history of the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War.  Starting with the first African American regiments that were actually formed in 1862,  the talk will then move on to General Order 143, creating the Bureau of Colored Troops and putting all black regiments under this bureau.  A few profiles of USCT soldiers and officers will be covered before finally discussing the 23rd USCT and some of the battles in which the USCT fought. Join Steward Henderson of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park for this free lunchtime talk.  

Admission to the talk is free, but does not include admission into the Museum's galleries.