SALISBURY, MD---The Men of Color to Arms! discussion and book signing scheduled Saturday, February 6, at Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center Gallery, 190 Wayne Ave., has been rescheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 10.
Written by Dr. Clara Small of Salisbury University’s History Department and the Rev. David Briddell, the book provides information on African-American soldiers from the Lower Eastern Shore who served in the Union army and navy during the Civil War.
The names, ranks and dates of enlistment and discharge, desertion or death are listed for some 1,300 Lower Shore residents. Also included for some of the soldiers are town of residence, age, freedom status (free or slave during the war), slave owners’ names and dates the slaves received their freedom. The authors also include historical information to create a greater understanding of the role played by African-American soldiers during the war.
Among the families included in the book are Bailey, Bowen, Bivens, Briddell, Brittingham, Carey, Collins, Costen, Dale, Davis, Dennis, Downing, Duncan, Fassett, Fitchett, Fletcher, Franklin, Gibson, Griffin, Hall, Hammond, Handy, Hargis, Henry, Holland, Horsey, Hudson, Jackson, Jacobs, Jarman, Johnson, Jones, Lane, Leonard, Long, Marshall, Massey, Miles, Mitchell, Morris, Parker, Parsons, Pitts, Porter, Powell, Purnell, Robbins, Robinson, Selby, Shockley, Showell, Smith, Spence, Stewart, Sturgis, Taylor, Tingle, Truitt, Warren, Washington, Waters, Whaley, Williams and Wright.
Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu.