African-Americans in the Civil War
Dr. Alfred Brothers presented on the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Good data on the Civil War is one of the hardest things to get, but his was so well researched you are almost convinced the War could be understood by a such a well-organized statistical analysis, alone; but better, those numbers gave great context and proportion to the story he told of the black experience of the conflict.
Dr. Brothers is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, Vietnam veteran, and involved in the African-American Genealogical Society of Ft. Wayne. His family has had a distinguished military record & he showed us documentary & pictorial evidence of what skillful family research may be possible.
Everyone present would come away with something that caught their attention. Mine was the information on the 28th Indiana Infantry, Colored, also known as the 28th Regiment United States Colored Troops.
Dr. Brothers brought three books he highly regards:
• African-American Faces of the Civil War: An Album, by Ronald S. Coddington (2012).
• The Civil War Years: A Day-to-Day Chronicle, by Robert E. Denney (1994).
• Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz (1998).
In summary, Dr. Brothers reminded us all of the contribution of African-Americans to the life of the whole nation throughout its history, their sacrifices, and patriotism, of which he is himself is an example through his military service and scholarship. We hope he and Mrs. Brothers will return to our Table.