Oct 19, 2006

ONLINE NEWSLETTER Fall Issue 2 10/19/2006

Members of the First Rhode Island Regiment (FRI) participate in living history events at Valley Forge. They bring an unexpected perspective to visitors who are generally not aware of the military involvement of African-Americans in the American Revolution.

October 20TH - 22ND the FRI will deploy to Yorktown Virginia for the 225TH Commemeration of the Battle of Yorktown - the last battle of the American Revolution. Re-enactors from the Delware Valley area will form up to represent black soldiers in this historic regiment composed of black and Native American slaves.

A good time was had by all at the Fall Festival parade in Woodbury New Jersey. The 6TH USCT marched this time without musical accompanyment because 3 of our musicians are away at school and one is mending from a broken leg. Our drum major Gyasi Mann, recently graduated from Lincoln University, has enrolled in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. Two of our cadet musicians AJ and Steve have returned to Valley forge Military Academy. So, the 6TH provided their own accompanyment with song. It was a crowd pleaser.

by Pvt. Leon Brooks


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