7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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For those familiar with the story of African-American regiments in the Army during the American Civil War, the history of black sailors in the Union Navy offers a surprising and refreshing contrast. United States Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles mandated that all enlisted men be treated fairly no matter the color of their skin, and enforced this order throughout all aspects of naval life. “The Navy has not been in the habit of examining a seaman’s complexion before shipping him; ‘Can you fight?’ is the only question.” Author Chuck Veit discusses this much overlooked aspect of the black contribution to the Northern war effort. Navy history offers the only period example of integrated service by men of many races and backgrounds.

*Program will be held in the CIM Auditorium*

Presented by the Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable


200 College Dr Blackwood, NJ 08012