MAY 2013: The Voices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial. Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period. We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War web blog.
On May 22, 1863, the United States War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops to organize and handle the enlistment of black troops into the Union Army. Colored infantries were formed all across the country. On May 23, 1864, the First Michigan Colored Volunteer Infantry was re-designated the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops. The 102nd fought throughout South Carolina, eastern Georgia, and Florida during the Civil War.
1, 4. National Archives and Records Administration
2, 3, 5-8, 11, 17, 20. Library of Congress
9. New York Historical Society
10, 12. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
13, 14. State Archives of Michigan
15, 16. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
18. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper
21. Reynolds Farley’s website: www.Detroit1701.org