African American Civil War soldiers

Hartwick's Quinn Presents Friday Faculty Lecture on African Americans in Civil War

March 16, 2012

Hartwick College Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn will present the next Faculty Lecture Series event at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall. Her talk is titled "Why They Fought: The Civil War Service of 38 Men From The Hills, an African-American Community in Westchester County,  New York". All are invited to attend.

Thirty-eight black men associated with The Hills, the largest African-American community in Westchester County, New York, served in the Civil War.  One Hills man fought in the 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  Fourteen Hills men in the 14th Regiment, Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) served in the army of occupation in the river forts near New Orleans; likewise, the five men in the 20th United States Colored Infantry. 

In the 29th Connecticut Regiment, Infantry (Colored), seventeen men fought in the campaign before Richmond, being among the first troops to enter the fallen Confederate capital.  One Hills man joined the Navy, experiencing transatlantic service.

What motivated them to volunteer, and how closely did their goals reflect those expressed by African-American leaders and the black press?  Quinn will present an analysis of primary materials, enlistment patterns, and community values to help answer these questions.

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