Wednesday, August 31, 2011
USCT's on Parade and On Film
I was delighted to see some film footage of the US Colored Troops as they marched in a Civil War Veteran's page. There are not many veterans who were enlisted men with the US Colored troops to be found whose images are captured on film. But thanks to some footage depicting a post Civil War parade, one proud group of men were shown in this 1898 piece. They are the soldiers at the beginning of the video and at the very end. Thanks to the work of a YouTube user called RMoreCook, who produces small videos with military marches, parades and music--he created a video honoring the US Colored Troops. I share it here on this post.
After the Civil War, many former soldiers were active in the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization of Union Army veterans. These former soldiers marched in many parades during the late 1800s into the 1900s. I was delighted to see that some were truly captured on film.
Theirs was a war for freedom---God was on their side and their freedom was won.