Camp William Penn: 1863-1865

Camp William Penn: 1863-1865

by Donald Scott Sr.

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Overview

Located in Chelten Hills just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Camp William Penn was the largest and first Civil War facility to exclusively train Northern-based federal black soldiers during the war. Boasting the biggest free-black population in the country and the 19th-century's epicenter of the Underground Railroad, Philadelphia and Camp William Penn, hosted the greatest anti-slavery abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Robert Purvis, and William Still. Douglass and Tubman spoke to and rallied some of the almost 11,000 soldiers, many of them runaway or ex-slaves, who trained in eleven regiments that fought in a slew of major battles, helped to corner the Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Rebel forces, as well as capture President Lincoln's assassins. Several earned the Medal of Honor for their bravery, and many gave their lives. At a time when America's very existence was threatened, the warriors and freedom fighters for human equality associated with Camp William Penn were a major part of the country's salvation. The complete story is told here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764342530
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction: The 'proudest moment of my life' 8

Chapter 1 'Emotions ran very high' 25

Chapter 2 The 3rd United States Colored Troops: 'Fortunes of the whole race' 100

Chapter 3 The 6th United States Colored Troops: 'This momentous struggle' 118

Chapter 4 The 8th United States Colored Troops: 'A most terrific shower of musketry' 166

Chapter 5 The 22nd United States Colored Troops: 'Phase of hellfire baptism' 198

Chapter 6 The 25th United States Colored Troops: 'Disease had run its course' 224

Chapter 7 The 32nd United States Colored Troops: 'A feeling of despair' 233

Chapter 8 The 41st United States Colored Troops: 'We did not falter' 242

Chapter 9 The 43rd United States Colored Troops: 'These redeemed sons of Africa' 251

Chapter 10 The 45th United States Colored Troops: 'The Rebs gave way' 275

Chapter 11 The 127th United States Colored Troops: 'Smiting the reeling rebellion' 284

Chapter 12 The 24th United States Colored Troops: 'The last to leave' 303

Epilogue: Coming Full Circle 320

The Death of Octavius Catto 330

Third Regiment Debacle 333

Warriors Grabbing the Baton 345

The Rise and Legacy of a Star 346

The Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars 349

The Twilight of Commander Wagner's Life 352

The USCT Grand Review Emerges from Racial Discrimination 359

The Surviving Asher Family 361

Endnotes 365

Bibliography 377

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The recruitment, training, and deployment of United States Colored Troops remains a comparatively little known story of the Civil War, and yet President Lincoln viewed their participation as essential to the Northern war effort. Don Scott deserves praise for assembling a very humanistic narrative of the black regiments trained at the first and largest training camp for USCT soldiers, Camp William Penn near Philadelphia. Don's narrative includes the battles and major actions of the war, but he has diligently and impressively assembled surviving illustrations and photographs to give an intimate feel for his history. An essential reference work on the important achievements of USCT regiments. Only criticism of the book is the lack of an index. ------------------------------------ Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D. Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Library/Wood Institute for the History of Medicine William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine The College of Physicians of Philadelphia