Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Coming February 1, 2018

Islip, Long Island Town Historian George Muckenbeck will present a power point lecture on U.S. Colored Troops from Long Island during the Civil War. His talk is entitled Men of Color, to Arms”: Islip Town and the United States Colored Troops. The contribution of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) to the Union victory in the Civil War is often overlooked by both schools and historians. Due to the popular film “Glory” the story of these troops has been reduced to the 54th Massachusetts.  This is only part of the story of the 178,000 free blacks and freedmen who served in this organization and made up 10% of the U.S. Army by 1865.  At least six men from the Town of Islip served in the USCT and two of those lost their lives in service this nation.  This program covers what we know so far of these men and their service and gives a glimpse into this almost forgotten organization.