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Support  this worthy cause and please read the story. Accidental Discovery of Black Soldiers Role in the Civil War, and their lives before during and after, Sparks Excitement in North Carolina.  As a result, a Living History Weekend will be held in Goldsboro, North Carolina April 6th, 7th and 8th of 2018. We need funding for period uniforms and equipment for the 135th United States Colored Troop Re-enactors.

General William T. Sherman’s March-to-the-Sea, along with his March through the Carolinas, required the manpower to move more than 60,000 troops, consisting of ten miles of supply wagon’s, artillery, and ambulances. To accomplish this amazing logistical feat, General Sherman employed liberated slaves, and in March 1865, the 135th USCT was formed.  This was the last Union United States Colored Troop formed in North Carolina.

To build interest in North Carolina about the true role of black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, a research commission, (135th USCT Research Team Inc., a No-profit 501 (c) (3), was organized in Goldsboro, NC by Amy and Jay Bauer, who were prominent in the discovery and research of this 135th USCT. Its members include many of the living descendants of the 135th USCT troops, along with prominent Civil War historians.  A great deal of research has been accomplished over several years with a good deal of it coming from the soldier’s original pension records stored at the National Archives in Washington DC. 

To tell the story of the 135th USCT, this Lost Troop, it is necessary to reveal the information given in the pension applications of the soldiers” in their own words” and the words of the wives, family members and acquaintances’.  As such a Living History Weekend will be held in April of 2018, featuring prominent Civil War historians, such as Earl Ijames from the North Carolina Museum of History, UNC’s Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, Dr. Ben Speller from NCCU, and Dr. Malcom Beech from Washington D.C.

The Living History weekend will be free to the public and include a Pop-Up Museum, exhibits, symposium with six guest speakers, period music, and an encampment. The encampment will be complete with re-enactors of existing United States Colored Regiments.

With all the interest in the Living History Weekend we have formed the 135th USCT Re-enactors and they will be a part of the encampment next April. To properly outfit the 135th USCT re-enactors, we are in desperate need of funding ($4,500.00), for period uniforms and equipment for these volunteers. Following the Living History Weekend this unit will be active as United States Colored Troop re-enactors and will be able to carry on the tradition of this lost troop. We need your support.

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