Oct 26, 2009

Another Rite of Passage




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Serenade | Photo 03

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It is with great pride and satisfaction to recognize the accomplishments of  another young member of the 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, Reenactors (6th USCT) . This time the transition is into a professional career.


Sergeant Major of the Drums Gyasi Mann,  started at the Old Barracks as day camper 15 years ago, served as a high school volunteer, and played in the Barracks' Fife and Drums. After the 6th regiment began doing the American Revolution, he joined and trains cadet musicians in Continental and Civil War  music. He worked at the Barracks as an historic interpreter for years as he went through college, and summers during graduate school, recently earning a Masters in Public Health Administration from the University of Wisconsin. 


Currently he is teaching in Beiging.  In March, Sgt. Mgr. Gyasi Mann will be starting a new position at McGuire AFB & Fort. Dix , as a  full time 1st Lieutenant  in the New Jersey Air Guard as a public health administrator for the bases. We look forward to his return.


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Oct 21, 2009

Correction: Red Bank Reenactment

The event date has been corrected.

Red Bank Reenactment

Revolutionary War reenactment of an historic battle was a major victory for the 1st Rhode Island.

Submitter: Cpl Leon Brooks
Event:Revolutionary War reenactment of the defense of Fort Mercer.
Event website: see http://6thusct.googlepages.com/upcomingevent or http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/Government/Departments/ParksnRec/Specialevents.cfm
When
Changed: Sun Oct 25, 2009
Where
100 Hessian Avenue Red Bank , NJ 08063 (map)

Red Bank Reenactment

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Battle of Red Bank Reenactment

Revolutionary War reenactment of an historic battle was a major victory for the 1st Rhode Island.

Submitter: Cpl Leon Brooks
Event: Revolutionary War reenactment of the defense of Fort Mifflin.
Event website: see http://6thusct.googlepages.com/upcomingevent or http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/Government/Departments/ParksnRec/Specialevents.cfm

When
Mon Oct 26, 2009
Where
100 Hessian Avenue Red Bank , NJ 08063 (map)
We Tell the Story of True Freedom Fighters

Oct 17, 2009

History. A Family Affair!




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History. A Family Affair!

History. A Family Affair!

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The 6th Regiment Infantry US Colored Troops is back again at the New York Historical Society for Living History Days, to tell the story of men of African descent fighting for freedom . This program will continue to March with reenactors from Civil War Union and Confederate units appearing to do living history.


History is not just about anonymous soldiers in great armies or famous historical personages, or battles.though. It's also about the families and family ties to the past. When we appear at these events we carry two thick volumes that contain 208,000 of soldiers who fought in the United States Colored Troops. Nothing draws a stronger connection to history than when a visitor finds the name of a soldier that they could possibly be related to. It's far from definitive, especially given the complexity of black genealogy due to slavery, but it sparks interest. Today a mother and son visiting our display found that their was only one listing for her maiden name, Paey, in the whole volume. The volume lists his regiment, its and place it mustered. The soldier had the same first name of an uncle. This information and knowing that a name is  often  passed down to a descendant every couple of generations indicated a good chance of them being related to this soldier. The son found this exciting, especially when we found the naqme and regiment on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors website database. Another side of their family also had a rare name. The son pulled out his notebook and busily copied the information. I told him what the codes on the site meant and ways they could follow up on the information.


Another visitor found it exciting to find the name of an officer from who she is descended listed, who served in the 54th Massachusetts, of the movie Glory. Seven thousand  white officers served in the USCT in command of black troops. One reason this was attractive to many white soldiers was it was possible to rise in rank faster serving the USCT than the regular army. This was especially attractive to new immigrants, trying to get a foot hold in this country. Two hundred-fifty German speaking officers served in the USCT.


Nothing was more touching and personal than the dedication ceremony for the Pennington African Cemetery.With great love and dedication the neglected cemetery dating back to the 1840's had been refurbished  and graves identified and marked. The graves of  USCT's were identified and invitations sent to descendants identified from the records.  The response was very emotional, reflecting gratitude, pride, and personal connection. I suspect for most people this would be the case. But it's not surprising that it's not necessarily so. History can be painful. . Not everyone will find a Civil War hero in their. past. Many black families left memories of humiliation and suffering in the past, and don't care to be reminded. Some individuals when contacted about being descendants of USCT's buried in the Pennington African Cemetery insisted that there was a mistake, because the are "white" (now). Apparently for them as time passed, they "passed", leaving an unwanted past behind them.


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Oct 14, 2009

New York Historical Society Living History Days



Civil War Event
Join the 6th Regiment USCT appearing for Living History Days at the NY-Historic Society
Event submitter - Cpl Leon Brooks
Contact - 6thusct@gmail.com

When
Sat Oct 17, 2009 Eastern Time
Where
170 Central Park W New York, NY 10024 (map)

Telling the Story of True Freedom Fighters


Oct 2, 2009

Teachers - Bring Your Content Area to Life with Living History

Reading an article about reeanactors visiting a school reminded me of when I worked in the public schools as a high school media specialist, and had the opportunity to do living history presentations for law, medical arts, literature, and science classes, as well as history class. A presentation would deal with some aspect of the Civil War that related to the class subject area. The most popular presentation I did was on Civil War battlefield medicine for Medical Arts Week, for which I and a reenactor that portrays Major Margerie Walker, a surgeon during the War, reenacted a field hospital operation. Students participated as well, portraying hospital orderlies. Another presentation was done for a chemistry class studying rapid combustion. I portrayed a soldier of the American Revolution training enlistees to handle black powder and the Brown Bess musket. Another approach is to give students extra credit for attending a reenactment, living history event, or place where historical impressions are part of the program, such as the hospital room at Trenton's Old Barracks Museum.



This Table of Fire used for calculating the elevation of a cannon is an example of the kind of item you can find at a reenactment. This belongs to an artillery unit which demonstrated firing a cannon at the New Market Heights commemoration. The table and cannon firing demo can be used in learning math, computer programming, history, communications, probably other topics that I'm sure a creative educator could imagine.
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Reenactors are happy to share their knowledge and welcome questions from students.


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