Records of the Rebellion
At our regular meeting on March 26, 2011, Shamele Jordan presented her lecture entitled, “Records of the Rebellion: Documenting African-Americans During the Civil War” to a packed house. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this is one of CMAAHGS’ research topics for the year and there wasn’t a better way to begin than this.
We challenged our members at the start of the meeting during our game, Faces and Places of the Civil War. Large easels were placed around the room with images of African American Civil War heroes and heroines. Our members know their history!
Lecturer, writer and podcaster Shamele Jordan showed us numerous examples and explained various records available to research our ancestors during the rich but tragic period of the Civil War. She discussed both military records and also civilian records.
We were also delighted to have Juanita Patience Moss speak to us about her book, “Forgotten Black Soldiers Who Served in White Regiments During the Civil War.” She urged us not to forget African-Americans who served wiht white regiments; they are not as easily identified, but they are there.