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United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African-American.

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Bureau for Colored Troops Muster Roll

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3335
Abstract This ledger, entitled Register of Muster-In and Muster-Out of U. S. Colored Troops During the Rebellion of 1861, contains muster-in records for Batteries A, B, C, D, F, G, H, I, K, and L of the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Heavy Artillery and muster-out records for Battery A. Batteries A, B, C, D, G, I, K, and M mustered in at Memphis, Tennessee, while Batteries F, H, and L mustered in at Fort Pickering, Tennessee. All of the musters-in took place in 1863, and Battery A mustered out in Memphis...
Dates: 1863-1866

Colonel John Lord Otis Letter

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Identifier: MS-3492
Abstract

John Lord Otis wrote this letter to his wife from St. Helens Island, South Carolina on March 5, 1863. In it, he describes his disillusionment with President Lincoln and his dislike of African Americans.

Dates: 1863 March 5

Isabel Scott Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3261
Abstract

Isabel Belle Scott of Gratiot, Wisconsin wrote this letter to her brother James, who was then serving with Company B of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, on 15 February 1863. Belle is under the impression that James is helping to construct a canal at Vicksburg and the letter is addressed to him via Memphis, Tennessee.

Dates: 1863 February 15

Logan Goodpasture Service Records

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Identifier: MS-3172
Abstract

This collection consists of two service records from the Adjutant General's Office in Nashville, Tennessee for Logan Goodpasture, dated November 22, 1894. They confirm that he served with Company F of the 13th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers during the Civil War.

Dates: 1894 November 22

Matthew A. Cowden and George A. Gammon Letters

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Identifier: MS-3209
Abstract

This collection houses several letters written by Union soldier Matthew A. Cowden to his family in Pennsylvania and by Confederate soldier George A. Gammon. Cowden's letters illustrate the hardships of being a soldier, his longing for home, and his confidence in the Union Army's ability to defeat the Confederates. Gammon's letter shows an extreme hatred for the Union Army and speculates on movement of the Confederate Army in the coming days.

Dates: 1863 November 19-December 29

Memphis Freedmen's Bureau Report

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Identifier: MS-3240
Abstract

This collection consists of a four page report detailing events in the Memphis, Tennessee district of the Freedmen's Bureau during the month of May 1864. The writer, Captain T. A. Walker of the 63rd Infantry Regiment (Colored Troops), describes the city of Memphis (particularly its schools) as well as the contraband camps of Holly Springs, Shiloh, and President's Island.

Dates: 1864 May 31

Photograph of African-American Soldiers

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Identifier: MS-3049
Abstract

This photograph depicts African-American soldiers at a Civil War camp in Johnsonville, Tennessee. The men shown are standing on a railroad car. Also visible are full wagons, lumber, railroad tracks, and tents with fireplaces.

Dates: circa 1864

Thomas A. Walker Letter

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Identifier: MS-3106
Abstract

This collection houses one letter from Captain Thomas A. Walker, superintendent of the Memphis branch of the Freedman's Bureau, to Captain C. H. H. Clark. Walker answers an accusation that black troops in his district have been engaging in brutality and robbery, giving evidence of their innocence.

Dates: 1864 May 2

Will R. Story Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1136
Abstract

In this letter, Captain William R. Story of the 1st U.S. Colored Artillery (heavy) writes to John J. King on behalf of a soldier under his command named Tecumsey whose wife, formerly one of King's enslaved people, is still living in King's home. The soldier would like her to be able to remain in the house, and Story assures King that the man earns a reasonable wage and will be good for any small amount of a years rent.

Dates: 1865 August 16