Friday, September 16, 2011
23rd USCT Reborn Where It Came To Glory, in Spotsylvania County
As announced earlier this year here, the 23rd Regiment of the United States Colored Troops is actively reforming for Sesquicentennial commemorative events. It is with great pride that the reformed unit derives from Spotsylvania County, home to many of the historic regiment's rank and file, as well as the location of its first battle with the Army of Northern Virginia, on May 15, 1864.
This weekend, September 17 and 18, the 23rd Regiment will be on hand at the annual "Yankees In Falmouth" event, details of which can be found at the link provided here.
We hope to meet some potential recruits, and share our story with the public.
Some members of the 23rd gathered at the John J. Wright Museum on
September 8, 2011 for that facility's First Anniversary Event.
Left to right are Hashmel Turner, James Anderson, Steward Henderson,
Kevin Williams, and Jimmy Price. Your humble host of this blog
attempts to get in the scene below. Facebook anyone? LOL.
At the 23rd's first public presentation seen below, during the Spotsylvania County battle re-enactment in May 2011, members present invited a unit of Confederate cavalrymen to join in an historic photo op.
It was Confederate cavalry under command of General Rosser with which the 23rd USCT first engaged in battle around 12:30 PM, May 15, 1864. A detailed account of that engagement can be found here, written by National Park Service historian, Noel Harrison.
Photo by James Anderson.