March 2014: 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.

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On March 20, 1864 the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry fought in a battle at Roseville Creek, Arkansas. This infantry was the first black infantry to form and engage in combat in the north. Formed in August 1862 as the First Kansas Colored Infantry and re-designated on December 13, 1864 as the 79th U.S. Colored Troops, the recruits were freedom seekers from surrounding pro-slavery states like Arkansas and Missouri.


1,4-8, 12-15, 20 Kansas State Historical Society

2, 21 Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

9 Courtesy of Jaclyn Morgan

10 Courtesy of Roland Klose

11 Courtesy of Marla Quilts Inc. African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, Marla A. Jackson

16, 18 Image Courtesy of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

17, 19, 23 Library of Congress

22 National Register of Historic Places