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▣ Pick your battles carefully.

posted by Joseph Certaine on February 23rd, 2010 at 2:54 PM

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The Sesquicentennial Observance of the American Civil War is drawing closer. Although the United States Colored Troops didn't tofficially come into being until 1863 (2013), it is important that planning begin now for USCT battles that will be presented during the Sesquicentennial.

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▣ USCT Recognition Campaign is gathering Steam

posted by Joseph Certaine on January 25th, 2010 at 3:56 PM

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The campaign to have the U.S. Congress recognize the United States Colored Troops, launched on Veterans Day 2009,  is begginning to garner attention. Several members of Congress have contacted me to get more details. 

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▣ Recruiting for the United States Colored Troops

posted by Joseph Certaine on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:50 AM

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The coming New Year (2010) marks the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century. The first five years will include the only  opportunity in one hundred fifty years for black Americans to commemorate the first phase of our people's ongoing struggle for human and civil rights in America. That phase of the struggle was fought and won by men who sacrificed all,  in order to gain the dignity, respect and equality that is the dream of America.

  

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▣ The United States Colored Troops need more men

posted by Joseph Certaine on December 1st, 2009 at 11:34 AM

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It's a good thing that the USCT has a couple of more years before the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau for Colored Troops.

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▣ Pennsylvania's eleven USCT regiments

posted by Joseph Certaine on November 17th, 2009 at 12:57 PM

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has committed to making sure that there is seamless inclusion of  activities of   PA's African American  community  during the period of the American Civil War in the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial Observance.

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▣ Honoring the USCT during the Civil War Sesquicentennial Observance

posted by Joseph Certaine on November 3rd, 2009 at 1:03 PM

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In  a recent letter to a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, I wrote that there is no expectation that individual states that recruited soldiers for the United States Colored Troops, will plan any honor or recognition ceremony during the Civil War Sesquicentennial honoring those men. Even though these black units were recruited within the boundaries of individual states, except for a few they were considered Federal units.  

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▣ The Black Soldiers of the Jubilee

posted by Joseph Certaine on October 23rd, 2009 at 11:14 AM

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.Black Americans of the United States Colored Troops fought by the thousands in uniform and under arms, to crush the slave masters,  gain our freedom and to preserve the Union. Now we must  do whatever is within our power to make sure they are honored during the Sesqucentennial Observance of the American Civil War.  

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▣ The Civil War Sesquicentennial Observances

posted by Joseph Certaine on October 15th, 2009 at 12:40 PM

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The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is the first time there will be an opportunity for black Americans to participate in the planning of events marking the end of the institution of slavery in the United States.

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▣ Re-enactors of color

posted by Joseph Certaine on October 7th, 2009 at 12:13 PM

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Re-enactors of color have a dual responsibility to the hobby.

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▣ Why Re-enacting or Living History?

posted by Joseph Certaine on September 29th, 2009 at 1:09 PM

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Being a re-enactor or presenting living history can be an important part of helping other people understand aspects of history they may not have been exposed to. It also is an interesting way to visit history close-up and it allows the hobbyist to bring history to life. 

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