Civil War Letters
A couple of stamp enthusiasts found far more than stamps in a box they purchased. In the box, along with Civil War era stamps, we find letters addressed to a William Blackford, Senate Post, Washington, D.C.
One letter appears to be from his brother, John Blackford. In the letter John asks for help securing an officer position in an African American unit. A second letter informs William Blackford that his brother, John, has been wounded.
Why would John Blackford want to command an African American unit?
Did he survive his wounds and did he ever receive the commission?
History Detectives investigates.
African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
1200 U Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009-4443
The Kansas State Archives and Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
Poison Springs State Historic Park
Ark Hwy 76
Camden, AR 71722
Civil War Battle: After Action Reports
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