Saturday, June 18, 2011

Juneteenth: In Honor of African-American Civil War Soldiers

This is a re-post from June 2010. Enjoy your Juneteenth weekend everyone!

5th USCT Heavy Artillery Flag of Natchez, Mississippi
 (Courtesy Forks of the Road and Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley)

For African-Americans, the commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation is an extra special time of year known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth came about originally in Texas when Union General Granger issueed a field order officially liberating enslaved African descendants there on or about June 19, 1865. Since that time, Texans and later African-Americans from all over the U.S. began to commemorate Emancipation.

I honor and remember the service of African-American men and women in the war of African liberation in America. Those men and women who didn't think it was robbery to sacrifice their lives to ensure the physical freedom of African descended people in the United States of America. In my own family research, I've been able to identify four men who served in the USCT (United States Colored Troops)who are my ancestors. Today I'd like to remember them by name: Benjamin Thompson (82nd USCT), Charles Rounds Jr.(50th USCT) Thomas Hinyard and Edward Hinyard.

Happy Juneteenth!


Ralph O. Hart Jr. said...

My great-great grandfather, Amos Hart, served in the 5th U.S. Regiment, US Colored Heavy Artillery.

Millliken's Bend said...

Ralph - Would love to know more! I have a website dedicated to Milliken's Bend ( where the 5th USCHA had their first engagement (under the name 9th Louisiana Infantry, African Descent).