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Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Regiments During the Civil War

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June 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Regiments During the Civil War

During the Civil War 186,000 Black men served in the Union Army. The small state of Maryland, divided in its loyalties, contributed six regiments or about 9,000 men to the Union war effort. To this number can be added an additional regiment organized in Norfolk, Virginia, but composed mostly of men from the lower Chesapeake Bay region and those who served in the United States Navy. Approximately half of these men were free when they entered the service, the other half slaves who gained their freedom as a condition of enlistment.

Segregated into regiments known as United States Colored Troops and commanded by White officers, these Marylanders of Color forged combat records equal to any units formed after the Emaciation Proclamations took effect. Of the 16 Black soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War seven were Marylanders. Noted Maryland historian Dan Toomey will explain the evolution of these men from slave to soldier and recount their many accomplishments both as soldiers on the battlefield and veterans after the war.

The lecture is presented as a collaboration between the Talbot Historical Society and the Academy Art Museum.


Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Regiments During the Civil War
Presented by Daniel Carroll Toomey
Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
FREE
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June 27, 2017

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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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