To all my readers out there, please have a safe and happy Independence Day!
As for myself, I am coming off a week which involved moving and a five day Civil War Camp for eleven 10-12 year old boys. Needless to say, I’m quite exhausted!
Fort Harrison unit, where we got an excellent tour from their superior staff. Following that, the boys watched an exciting presentation from a gentleman who portrayed Pvt. James Gardner of the 36th USCT, one of the fourteen recipients of the Medal of Honor at New Market Heights. It was very gratifying to see those kids take in the significance of what happened 146 years ago and recognize the importance of an event that has dominated my thinking for the past two years.
As we celebrate all that makes America great tomorrow, let us pause in remembrance of the United States Colored Troops who waged their own uniquely American war of independence from 1862-1865.