Nearly 179,000 former slaves and freedmen fought in the Union Army, making up almost 10% of the United States’ total fighting force. Another 17,000 served with the Union Navy. We will take a look at how regiments of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) played an important role in the battles that raged across the country.
We will look at civilians, too. There were those who made dramatic escapes and set about taking an active role in improving the lives of others. There were those who remained in bondage until the very end and whose stories are still being written. There were those who liberated themselves by escaping to the Union Army and taking the first step to creating a free society for African Americans.
Join us this month for stories of the African-American history-makers of the Civil War.
Toni is a wife, mom and history buff who loves bringing the Civil War to life for family members of all ages.