Monday, April 30, 2007

Exhibit chronicles black soldiers' efforts

There was an article in the Beacon Journal on April 1st about a photo exhibit about the USCT that opened April 25th. The photographer visited historic sites that often were not documented in the local history. Without this documentation these sites would fade forgotten along with the history.

Leon Brooks

Friday, April 27, 2007

Combat Multipliers: African-American Soldiers in Four Wars

This book is a rare find, offering the unusual perspective of an American-African military professional - Lieutenant Colonel Krewaksky A. Salter I, a soldier scholar. This is another example of a technical, or at least specialized publication. It is a study - initiated for the curriculum of the Combat Studies Institute. Col. Salter looks at the impact of black soldiers in the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. He describes this impact in terms of black forces having had an effect as a combat multiplier - "significant and supporting means that increase the relative combat strength (power) of a force while actual force ratios remain constant". I like his use of this concept because, if I interpret it correctly, this quantifies, or at least specifies the contribution of blacks in operational vectors, e.g. deployment, leadership, terrain reinforcement, etc. Sometimes the contributions of blacks in military history, when acknowledged, are understood or conveyed in general historical terms. Context studies like this make the contributions more concrete. We know that the USCT fought in 449 engagements, and in 39 major battles which determined the outcome of the Civil War; but this doesn't begin to explain the disproportionately large impact that they had. The combat multiplier concept helps to follow black contributions in U.S. military history over time in concrete terms.
This book is in the public domain, so you can read it online, at Google Books. This would make an excellent addition to a collection so you may want to Locate a copy to lend, borrow , or purchase.

Pvt Leon Brooks

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Black Soldiers at Battle of Germantown

Byron Childress has posted a list of blacks who fought at the Battle Of Germantown, which he compiled from the book " Black Courage, 1775-1783 : documentation of Black participation in the American Revolution"*. He has posted it on the 1ST Rhode Island Regiment website. Having read the list I look forward to reading the book.

Greene, Robert Ewell. Black Courage, 1775-1783: Documentation of Black Participation in the American Revolution. Washington: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1984.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Fight For Freedom

Fight For Freedom
is a 30 minute documentary available on DVD, produced in collaboration by the Closeup Foundation, the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Memorial, and was funded by a grant from the WK. Kellogg Foundation. It won the prestigious Grand Award for Best of Show at the New York Festivals 02 International Film and Video Awards. It is a high quality production, and a great resource for schools, students, descendants of soldiers who fought with US Colored Troops in the Civil War, and anyone interested in African American history, or supporting the Civil War Memorial. Sgt. Fred Minus from the 6TH USCT obtained a copy while attending the United Stated Colored Troops Symposium.

submitted by
Pvt. Leon Brooks

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Sons of Providence : the Brown brothers, the slave trade, and the American Revolution

Joe Becton reccommends this book. Charles Rappleye will speak on his book on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:30 p.m. at Brittingham's Irish Pub and Restaurant

Locate a copy
Leon Brooks