SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture explores “Eastern Shore African-Americans in the Civil War Era” during a panel discussion 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.
Descendants of soldiers who joined the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War or became Buffalo Soldiers following it discuss the roles local African-Americans played in the war and its aftermath.
“The role of Eastern Shore African-Americans in the Civil War has been little studied,” said Dr. Ray Thompson, the center’s director. “This roundtable is the Nabb Research Center’s attempt to draw attention to the need for pulling together information on those African Americans who served in some military capacity during the period 1861-1865. We are also looking to find information on buffalo soldiers in the period following the end of the Civil War.”
During the next several years, the center is scheduled to host a series of programs relating to life on the home front and the battle front as seen in the lives of people from the Eastern Shore.
“Using images, oral histories, correspondence and official records, we will begin to piece together the lives of soldiers on the battlefield and their families back home, south and north, white and African-American, in an attempt to draw descendants of Eastern Shore inhabitants of the Civil War era into a dialogue about this very important part of America’s history,” said Thompson.
Admission to the discussion is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at http://nabbresearch.salisbury.edu.