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▣ 2012 The Year of Opportunity for the USCT

posted by Joseph Certaine on January 30th, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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By the fall of 1862, regiments of black troops had already been organized, although not yet authorized as combatants.  In Louisiana, South Carolina and Kansas, Men of Color were gaining stature as valuable assets to the Federal Army.  First as laborers, later as soldiers black men  demonstrated their determination to fight for the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Nothing would stop their march to Jubilee.

As reenactors and living historians,  we must ensure the role of the United States Colored Troops in the ongoing Observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Although it is fine to present our hobby in community forums during Black History Month, it is more important to take our impression to the battlefield reenactments and demonstrate the military skills learned by our black forefathers as they mustered into the Union Army.

Pick one or two major eenactments, where the armies of the Union and the Confederacy are on display. Choose venues wilh large and diverse audience participation. Provide historical first- person interpretation of what it was like for black men in uniform during the period.  Encourage church congregations and other groups in the communities surrounding the venue to attend the battlefield re-enactments that include the USCT.  

This is the year that the United States Colored Troops must make themselves known as "Soldiers of the Jubilee". One opportunity is being presented in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on August 17th,  18th, and 19th 2012. a major reenactment featuring the USCT will take place in Fairmount Park. The weekend will include Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry forces of the Union and Confederate Armies. Yhere will be an audience estimated to be one of the largest and most diverse in the nation.  This is only one but it will be a good one. there will be others. Contact a unit of the United States Colored Troops and watch this website for more information.          

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