Matthew D. LaRoche '17, Gettysburg College
Hannah M. Christensen '17, Gettysburg College
Alexandria J. Andrioli '18, Gettysburg College
Jennifer A. Simone '18, Gettysburg College
Savannah G. Rose '17, Gettysburg College
Jonathan G. Danchik '17, Gettysburg College
Laurel J. Wilson '19, Gettysburg College
Jonathan E. Tracey '19, Gettysburg College
Danielle E. Jones '18, Gettysburg College
Ryan D. Bilger '19, Gettysburg College
Savannah A. Labbe '19, Gettysburg College
Civil War Institute
This is a catalog for an exhibit that follows the evolution of African-American participation in the Civil War, from slaves, to contrabands, to soldiers of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), as well as the lives of black veterans beyond the war, and their ultimate military and social legacy. Using a variety of period items, it creates a narrative that stretches from the Antebellum Period to the current day. In doing so, the exhibit shows how black sacrifice on the battlefield redefined the war's purpose throughout the divided nation, how Jim Crowe suppressed the memory of black participation after Reconstruction, and how the illustrious African-American military tradition left by the USCT endures to this day in their modern heirs.
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LaRoche, Matthew D.; Christensen, Hannah M.; Andrioli, Alexandria J.; Simone, Jennifer A.; Rose, Savannah G.; Danchik, Jonathan G.; Wilson, Laurel J.; Tracey, Jonathan E.; Jones, Danielle E.; Bilger, Ryan D.; and Labbe, Savannah A., "Right to Serve, Right to Lead: Lives and Legacies of the USCT" (2017). Civil War Institute Student Research. 4.