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US Colored Troops- Civil War Living History Weekend

Black troops return to Fort Mifflin

Not since World War II has Fort Mifflin seen so many African American Troops, says military historian Tom Davis. Re-enactors from Boston to South Carolina will be participating. Re-enactors portraying Frederick Douglas, General George Meade, and Harriet Tubman -- along with other surprise guests of the period -- will be on hand to tell their stories.

Come and experience a one-of-a-kind Civil War and 19th century living history event that the whole family will long remember. See the School of Soldiering in action, real weapons firings. Experience the "Voices of Freedom" play about the Battle of New Market Heights where 14 Medals of Honor were earned by black soldiers. We can help you search for your Civil War ancestry among the listing of over 187,000 United States Colored Troops whose service predates the famed Buffalo Soldiers.

There will be books, posters, post cards, caps, and DVDs for sale on USCT and Camp William Penn. Dr. James Paradis will discuss "John Brown and the origins of the war" and other scholars are being invited.

Exhibits: From Robert F. Houston “The Long Road to Freedom”, Joe and Gwen Ragsdale's portable exhibit from The Holocaust Slavery Museum, and CROHL's Camp William Penn exhibit will be on display. Come and learn the truth about slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Juneteenth Celebration. See and hear the period’s music, poetry, medical treatments for battle wounds and disease.

Finally, coordinator Joe Becton says "This not only about guys and guns; we have something for everyone plays, actors, scholars, family history, exhibits, demonstrations and music."

In addition, there will be tours of the fort, soldier’s life programs, musical presentations and weapons demonstrations. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food in the fort and enjoy the sights of the Delaware River.

Author Profile

Ed Kane
Ed Kane

Ed has been involved with Fort Mifflin since 1973. He is a graduate of the Hussian School of Art. Ed lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife whom he met at the Fort. Ed has used his talents to depict scenes of the Fort in a series of pen & ink sketches. These scenes have been converted into note cards that are available in the Fort's Gift Shop. He has completed another series of scenes at the Fort for future publication. Ed also paints and draws other historic sites throughout the Philadelphia area. His works have been on display at various juried shows around Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania. Ed has also taken his hobby of re-enacting further by working for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. There he portrays historical characters and it is by coincidence that he portrays the Founding Father that signed Fort Mifflin into the First Coastal Defense System, none other than John Adams.