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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Saving the Land Where US Colored Troops Fought

Saving the Land Where US Colored Troops Fought

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, I'd like to look back at some of the properties saved by the Civil War Trust at battlefields where the United States Colored Troops fought. Ultimately, more than 180,000 men of African descent enlisted in the 175 USCT regiments that served in the Union Army.

These soldiers quickly earned a reputation for courage under fire. They fought valiantly at the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg and charged into seas of gray and butternut at New Market Heights and Fort Wagner. In honor of their legacy of service and sacrifice to the United States, the Civil War Trust works to preserve these sacred places, from the plains of Oklahoma to the shores of South Carolina.

To date, the Trust has secured 256 acres of land at Port Hudson, 118 acres on Morris Island -- where the 54th Massachusetts famously assaulted Fort Wagner in July 1863 -- and more than 520 acres associated with the siege of Petersburg, including the infamous Battle of the Crater, in July of 1864. Other preservation successes include protected land at Cabin Creek, Honey Springs, and USCT-related sites in North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond, totaling more than 1,000 acres of hallowed ground! This is an incredible achievement and you should be proud to share in these successes.

The stories of courage and bravery surrounding the American Civil War are not limited by color or creed, and the Trust remains committed to preserving an array of sites that reflect the full diversity of this era. It is truly remarkable what you have helped us to achieve, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of you.

The Civil War Trust