May 23, 2007

ONLINE NEWSLETTER Spring 3 5/25/07


  • The Battle of Bound Brook was canceled on acount of the severe flooding that the area sustained. On May Day the regiment split its forces to do living history at the Historic Festival at Washington Crossing State Park and May Day celebration at Cadwalader Park in Trenton. 1ST Sgt Minus and Sgt Algernon Ward presented at Washington Crossing as Revolutionary War soldiers, while Cpl Norman Marcelles led a contigent of cadets in Trenton.
  • Private Leon Brooks represented the regiment at Trenton High Schools annual Taste of Trenton.
  • Fort Pocahontas

The weekend of the 18th regiment mustered 5 troopers and 11 cadets for the 10th Annual Civil War Living History and Reenactment at Fort The historic significance of the battle of Pocahontas Fort Pocahontas is this was the first battle fought by U.S. Colored Troops . See Sgt Wards After Action Report for a detailed description of the event.

Upcoming Events
  • May 26- Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade
  • May 27 - Third Commemorative To The Black Patriots at the Battle Monument
  • May 28 - Pennington Parade and Commemoration of USCT's buried in the African cemetery
  • June 9, 10 - American Revolution reenactment Reenactment - Battle of Bordentown
See our calendar for more information

Attention to Orders

Above Pvt Leon Brooks received his promotion in the General's formation to the rank of corporal at Fort Pocahontas following the battle reenactment. Sgt Minus cited his accomplishment in recruiting cadets into the regiment.

May 1, 2007

Supplement - Matawan Rededicates Cleaned-up Cemetery

Sunday April 30th, Joe Becton and Earl Weeks, of the 3rd USCT, honored those buried at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church Historic Cemetery in Matawan. They were among Borough historians, members of the community and church goers celebrating the rededication of the site, honoring the 61 people — including at least four Civil War soldiers. Civil War soldiers identified are: William Shemo, Charles Hendrickson, James Riley, and William Jameson
In 1997, the borough entered into an agreement with the church to acquire the cemetery property. Since then, the borough has spent about $20,000 refurbishing the property. It has been cleared of debris, new fencing was installed, trees were trimmed and the Historic Sites Commission purchased a monument for the site.

Pvt. Leon Brooks
Supplement- 2007 Trenton Capital Ball

2nd/Sgt. Byron Childress, 3rd USCT has set up a photo show of pictures from the event. Several members of the 1ST Rhode Island Regiment served at the event as the colors guard, and greeted guests at the Old Barracks Museum as historic interpretors.