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1860 (Arguing for Justice) Hutchinson Family Singers

Hutchinson Family Singers, 1845 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Sources
Important primary sources include the collection at the Wadleigh Memorial Public Library in Milford, New Hampshire and Dale Cockrell’s  Excelsior: Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (1989). In addition, Joshua Hutchinson published A Brief Narrative of the Hutchinson Family in 1874 and John Hutchinson recalled his experiences in The Story of the Hutchinsons in 1896  (Vol. 1 ; Vol. 2). While Joshua’s work offers “intimate vignettes” of the singers, historian Scott E. Gac cautions that John Hutchinson’s “memoir… is a less accurate but entertaining reconstruction of the group.” In addition, a collection at the Wadleigh Memorial Public Library in Milford, New Hampshire has sheet music and newspaper clippings about the Hutchinsons. Important … Read the rest

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1863 (Fighting for Liberty) First Arkansas Regiment


Black soldiers recruited in Arkansas in early 1863 (later 46th USCT) who found themselves surrounded by Confederate forces in June 1863 as part of a counter-offensive aimed at disrupting the Union occupation of eastern Louisiana (during Grant’s Vicksburg campaign). Seized as prisoners of war, more than two dozen still listed as POWs in 1865. There are powerful comments about this engagement from Grant, local diarist Kate Stone, and various officers. Lindley Miller, the first white colonel in charge of the regiment (and son of a US senator from NJ), also appears to have been the author of a well known marching song inspired by “John Brown’s Body,” sometimes attributed to Sojourner Truth, and recorded in the twentieth century by activists such as Pete Seeger. Includes … Read the rest

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1863 (Fighting for Liberty) Julius Leinbach

Julius Leinbach (A Johnny Reb Band from Salem)

Narrative
Julius Leinbach was part of a Moravian regimental band that traveled with the 26th North Carolina.  They actually played on the battlefield at Gettysburg, an event recorded by Leinbach in his diary.

Sources
Donald McCorkle edited Leinbach’s diary and published it in Regiment Band of the Twenty-sixth North Carolina (1958). Important secondary sources on the 26th North Carolina include Archie K. Davis’ Boy Colonel of the Confederacy: The Life and Times of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. (1985), Rod Gragg’s Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg (2000), and Earl J. Hess’ Lee’s Tar Heels: The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade (2002). Also see Steven Cornelius’ Music of the Civil War Era (2004).

Places to Visit
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1946 (Arguing for Justice) Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson (Farm Security Administration)

Places to Visit
You can visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Images
The photograph of Paul Robeson is available from the Farm Security Administration.

Image Credit – (Farm Security Administration – photographer Gordon Parks)

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