Up Next: 26th United States Colored Infantry

Jan. 9, 2019 (Wednesday) – Fighting for Our Freedom with “Unconditional Loyalty.”  Marvin Fletcher, professor emeritus of history at Ohio University, will make a presentation on the 26th United States Colored Infantry.  This regiment, like the 5th USCI, had a number of Ohio men in its ranks, including Athens physician Noah Elliott, as its hospital steward.  Another of its Ohio men, Benjamin Randolph, was assassinated by the KKK during Reconstruction, because he stayed in South Carolina fought for civil rights.  The regiment was involved in many significant actions, including: expedition to Johns and James Island, operations against Battery Pringle, the Battle of Honey Hill, demonstrations against Charleston and Savannah Railroad, and the Battle of Tulifinny Station.