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▣ 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops

posted by Joseph Certaine on May 20th, 2013 at 12:58 PM

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May 22, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau for Colored Troops. The bureau was responsible for the the authorization and coordination of the United States Colored Troops. According to records in the National Archives and Records Administration, more than 209,000 officers and men served in the USCT. Many more served in support roles.

The white officers were specially trained in Philadelphia, PA and in two other locations, in what was the precursor of Officers Candidate Schools, to command black men, many of whom knew the horrors of having been enslaved

 

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▣ General lack of interest in the Civil War Sesquicentennial

posted by Joseph Certaine on March 15th, 2013 at 2:20 PM

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Does the current political climate contribute to the general lack of interest in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War?

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▣ 2013 is the 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops

posted by Joseph Certaine on February 9th, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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Huzzah, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the authorization of the United States Colored Troops. Later this year, May 22 will be that actual date of official recognition.

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▣ USCT National Organization to meet in Clarksville TN

posted by Joseph Certaine on October 5th, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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The United States colored Troops Living History Association is scheduled to mee this month in Clarksville Tennesee to reorganize and define 4, once again the direction and goals of the organization. I won't be there because of a different longstanding commitment but hopefully, the organization will come away with a gameplan that will guide all of us USCT reenactors through the remainder the 150th Anniversary of the USCT and beyond. 

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▣ USCT Event in Philadelphia

posted by Joseph Certaine on February 29th, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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Soldiers of the Jubilee, come to Philadelphia August 17-19, 2012.  This will be a major opportunity to showcase  the United States Colored Troops. It will be the only time the United States Colored Troops can present itself to thousands of spectators, at one time,  in a major urban venue on the East Coast.

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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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Here we are in the second year of the Sesquicentennial Observance of the American Civil War. 150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln began to consider how to further destabilize the Confederacy and in doing so, maintain a sense of unity among the Federal States. By the end of 1862 he had drafted and presented The Emancipation Proclamation a document tha in conjunction with the  Second Confiscation Act and the Militia Act of July 1862, lead directly to the establsiment of the Bureau of colored Troops less than a year later.

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▣ As we remember the Civil War during early July

posted by Joseph Certaine on July 3rd, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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As we continue with the observance of the  Anniversary of the American Civil War during July, it is important that we remember things from our own historic perspective.  As we think about Vicksburg, Port Hudson and Gettysburg, it is our responsibility to remember what was happening on our own home front.

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▣ The original Decoration Day (Memorial Day)

posted by Joseph Certaine on May 28th, 2011 at 8:15 PM

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I recently received a message from a prominent member of the United States Colored Troops Living History Association, extolling the wrong facts about the first Decoration Day (later Memorial Day). The message reinforces the need to seek primary sources for historical information and to utilize the information of those historians who do. 

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▣ For history's sake

posted by Joseph Certaine on October 4th, 2010 at 4:28 PM

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Well, we are getting closer to the opening of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. As we wrestle with issues related to the size and scope of the observance nationally (and for most of us, locally) we are also cognizant of the dilemma facing historians and those in charge of building the commemoration.  "What do we do with those people who keep insisting the war was about slavery?"  

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▣ USCT at a Crossroads

posted by Joseph Certaine on September 4th, 2010 at 3:31 PM

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2013 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the authorization of the establishment of the Bureau For Colored Troops. This year (2010),  will determine how the existing units of USCT reenactors and living historians will carry on the legacy of their Civil War ancestors.

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