Tag: American Civil War

Thanksgiving  Turkey – 1900

Thanksgiving Turkey – 1900

“During the Civil War, President Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving in April 1862 and August 1863 (after Gettysburg), but it was his proclamation in November 1864 that set a precedent followed by all subsequent presidents. In 1941, Congress formally established the fourth Thursday […]

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

July 12,  in 1862, US Congress authorized the Medal of Honor. This one was awarded to Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood, 4th U. S. Colored Troops, for heroism on the field of battle in 1864. Fleetwood was a free man born in Baltimore, Maryland. He traveled to Liberia as […]

Opening of battle at Gettysburg in poem

Opening of battle at Gettysburg in poem

The Opening of the Battle of Gettysburg by Laura Searing (Howard Glyndon) text Laura Redden Searing (1839-1923) was a deaf poet and journalist.   In 1861, Laura Redden Searing was sent by the St. Louis Republican to Washington D.C. to cover and document the American Civil War.  She was a pro-Union loyalist and […]

The American Civil War: May 22, 1863: General Orders No. 143 creates the U.S. Colored Troops ("USCT")

The American Civil War: May 22, 1863: General Orders No. 143 creates the U.S. Colored Troops ("USCT")

The American Civil War: May 22, 1863: General Orders No. 143 creates the U.S. Colored Troops (“USCT”). War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops MAY 22, 1863 General Order 143, issued May 22, 1863, established the United States Colored Troops (USCT).   […]


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