February 14, 1990 |
The Civil War ended nearly 125 years ago, but for Lee W. Jackson and Herbert Kaufman, the events of that war - particularly the 1863 battle re- created in the recent film Glory - are not just memories. They are the deeds of living history. Jackson and Kaufman are Civil War enthusiasts. In their own ways, Jackson, who served as an extra in the movie, and Kaufman are seeking to heighten public awareness of the neglected story of black troops in the Union Army. Kaufman, 45, of Huntingdon Valley, volunteers at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library, 4278 Griscom St., in Frankford.
March 19, 1997 |
I feel a duty, as a writer and student of history, to address the insulting letters (March 14) viciously attacking Linda Wright Moore's column (Feb. 20) on slave reparations. Many of the letters referred to whites shedding "blood" during the Civil War to "free" blacks, government entitlements, the Martin Luther King holiday and Black History Month as forms of reparations to blacks. Government entitlements (welfare, food stamps, and subsidized housing) are not in any form reparations for the enslavement of African people.
February 19, 1987
As a white person, I have good reason to recognize Black History Month and would like to share its personal significance to me in a reference to one of my ancestors. My great-great-grandfather John Gorman served in the Union army as a lieutenant until his near-fatal wounding in July 1864 in an engagement at Petersburg, Va., in a battle that came to be known as the Battle of the Crater. A Union army engineer sold his superiors on a plan to dig a tunnel under the heavy Confederate entrenchments, to place explosives under that line and blow a breach in the Confederate lines.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - They sat in wheelchairs as honored guests at President Obama's second inaugural, attended to almost minute-by-minute by active-duty members of the military. For these Tuskegee Airmen, members of the famed all-black unit of World War II and several years beyond, the tables surely turned. From the terrace of the Capitol, they watched an African American president being sworn in for his second term. And they were cared for reverently by many whites in uniform, who more than six decades ago would have had no contact with these two dozen veterans now sitting with green Army blankets across their laps.
February 6, 2000 |
The Sixth United States Colored Infantry, largely recruited and wholly trained in our region, fought as free men for the Union, but at enormous personal cost. In his recent book, Strike the Blow for Freedom (White Mane Books, 1999), James M. Paradis of Abington tells the story of this unit, which suffered mass casualties to illness, battle and the emotional trauma of war. The book, which adds to a growing number of histories of black Civil War regiments, offers sound scholarship with a human face.
April 4, 1989 |
The thin, barefoot prisoners were led in past the bloody uniforms and captured weapons of their dead comrades. Firefights between SWAPO and South African units crackled in the distance yesterday as the two young guerrillas were presented by their captors. Phillipus Mateus and Johannes Kutumba were among the rare survivors, on the rebel side, of the brutal warfare that broke out last week on what was to have been the eve of peace. Captured Sunday, two days after SWAPO forces inexplicably flooded across the border from their bases in Angola, Mateus said the 30 guerrillas with him had all died.
October 23, 1994 |
Lyndia Grant is entering names on her computer. She flips through packets of photocopies of index cards bearing men's names in long, scrawling handwriting. Although she is quick, she is accurate. These are people's lives, people's histories, people's futures that she holds in her hands. Grant is the director of the Washington data-entry site of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated to researching and documenting the names of the little-known men who served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Next month, all 178,000 names will be available to the public.
February 23, 1992 |
Just in time for Black History Month, Hippocrene Books has published the Hippocrene Guide to Black America, a fascinating tour of the cultural and historical sites that punctuate the African American story. This newest addition to Hippocrene Books' guide series is an $11.95 paperback by Marcella Thum, who has written before on the African American heritage. Organized by state, it describes some 700 significant sites, ranging from historic homes and art and history museums to churches, battlefields and civil rights landmarks.
February 17, 1991 |
Tony Green has what you might call a passion for the Civil War. But it's a passion that goes beyond that of a mere history buff. Green's great-uncle, Benjamin Green of Philadelphia, joined the Union Army in 1863 and was assigned to the Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. That history has passed down through the generations into Tony Green's hands. Today, Green presides over a small, New Jersey-based, multiracial group known as the Civil War Brotherhood, whose purpose is to preserve the memories and the relics of that period in American history.
April 2, 1989 |
Midway through the family reunion, when Frank Shaw posed beside the picture of his great-grandfather, Timothy, everyone agreed that the resemblance was amazing. The same broad face and strong, round jaw. The same soft eyes. No doubt about it: Frank was the spitting image of his great-grandaddy, right down to the neatly trimmed beard. But what made the scene even more remarkable was the setting of the family get-together - the main exhibition room of the Civil War Library and Museum at 1805 Pine St. Four generations of relatives gathered at the museum yesterday to honor two of their ancestors, Timothy Shaw and Robert Riley, whose photographs are among those featured in a rare tribute to the 186,000 black soldiers who served in the Civil War. "This is great, absolutely terrific," museum Director Russ Pritchard said, surveying the Shaw and Riley clan members, who ranged in age from 3 to 78. "When you see this amount of family pride in something that was almost lost, it's really special.