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“Men of Color, to Arms” Islip Town and the United States Colored Troops

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 2/17/2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Description:
 The contribution of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) to the Union victory in the Civil War is often overlooked by both schools and historians. Due to the popular movie “Glory” the story of the U. S. Color Troops has been reduced to a story woven around the 54th Massachusetts. This is only part of the story of the 178,000 free blacks and freedmen who served in this organization and made up 10 percent of the U. S. Army by 1865. At least six men from the Town of Islip served in the USCT and two of those lost their lives in service to this nation. Islip Town Historian George J. Munkenbeck’s program covers what we know so far of these men and their service and give a glimpse into this almost forgotten organization. Sponsored by the Sayville Historical Society

Location: Meeting Rooms A/B
Status: Closed


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