Hello! I am a historian and writer who researches African Americans who participated in the Civil War. The men served as soldiers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT), the segregated federal regiments created during the conflict, and as sailors in the U.S. Navy. This webpage is a home for the resources that I have collected since I began researching over twenty years ago.
My first published project focuses on the 27th USC Infantry, the second of two regiments raised in Ohio. Although I completed a book, For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops in 2016, I am still researching the soldiers and officers of the regiment. I host a Facebook group where descendants and anyone interested in learning more can share.
My latest publication, “‘The Colored Veteran Soldiers Should Receive the Same Tender Care’: Soldiers’ Homes, Race, and the Post-Civil War Midwest” is available in The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans. My chapter-length study on the men in the USCT who served as sentinels over Confederate prisoners of war in the Midwest can be found in Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered.
I am currently working on an edited volume of letters sent between the African American men who served in the United States army and navy (often referred to by them as the Union army and navy) and their families at home during the war. You can read about my past and ongoing research by clicking on Black Men in Lincoln Blue above, or by visiting the Facebook page of the same name. On Twitter, I use the hashtag #BlackMenInLincolnBlue to share information that I find on social media and online newspapers.
I earned my BA in History from Baldwin Wallace University, my MA in Public History from Kent State University, and my PhD in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History from Kent State University. I have been teaching at universities in Northeast Ohio since 2000. But one of the most rewarding aspects of being a historian is the opportunity to communicate and share information with the descendants of the Black men who served in the USCT and U.S. Navy. I also enjoy meeting the people who attend my talks. I always learn something new about the local history from the audience members who support the community programs.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my research or would like to arrange a speaking engagement. You can also visit the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau for details about my public presentations.
Thank you for stopping by!