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USBH Smithsonian Civil War Soldiers Mini Series

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Internationally known photographer Drew Gardner will be collaborating with the Smithsonian to honor Black Civil War soldiers. He has asked us to research the genealogies for the soldiers in order to identify descendants who he can photograph. Some of the research will expand past soldiers to well known Black Americans from this time period.

See: The Smithsonian for examples of his work.


Civil War Soldiers Project

This is a list of the Black Civil War soldiers being researched for the Smithsonian mini series.


1860s Collection of Jacob Loewentheil and Stephan Loewentheil)
    • Have not found descendants beyond two daughters who I haven't been able to track further; anyone is welcome to take another look/help search. -Katie
    • I tracked the 2 daughters, they had no descendants. Weatherall-96 17:09, 31 October 2021 (UTC)
Company B Third US Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    • Katie Bryant : On quick check with Ancestry could not find any definite family; appreciate another look
    • I was not able to find any Strawn or Strain matching his description - I searched in US generally, and searched more carefully in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He had enlisted at Memphis, TN, which is close to the border of the other 2 states. Weatherall-96 17:09, 31 October 2021 (UTC)
US Navy
Courtesy of Greg French and Collection of Greg French
    • Has numerous living descendants, information on descendants posted in file on project Private Space page
Baltimore?
Oblate Sisters of Providence Archives, Baltimore)

Had one daughter who is not seen after the 1870 census

54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
    • Found 2 daughters, only 1 appears to have had children - a possible son and a daughter. The daughter appears not to have had children. Have not been able to find possible son (may have been stepson). Others are welcome to confirm.
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regimen
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
    • Does have descendant(s), still working on adding them.
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regimen
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

https://sites.google.com/a/kent.edu/genealogy-local-history-2015/tracy-s/william-h-carney

    • Unlikely to have direct descendants, but may have nieces/nephews etc. William appears to have one child with one woman, and that daughter never married or had children. Weatherall-96 22:10, 2 August 2021 (UTC)
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
1870 First African American War Correspondent, First African American attorney admitted to the English Bar.
Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture
    • Has direct descendants from his documented marriage, but may have descendants produced before his marriage. (A work in progress...)
1863 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regimen
Massachusetts Historical Society
    • Unlikely to have direct descendants as he was single when he enlisted in April 1863 and died later that year while still serving, about age 23. Katie Bryant
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
    • Unlikely to have direct descendants. He had one daughter who never married. Katie Bryant
1865 55th Massachusetts Infantry
Collection of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum
    • Descendants identified; see project Private Space Page for details
1865 Vale Collection of American Literature, Beineckre Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection
    • No marriage or descendants found by Katie Bryant . Appreciate someone taking another look.
Vale Collection of American Literature, Beineckre Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection

Have not been able to positively identify him after the war. Katie Bryant

  • James Roberts
108th US Colored Troops
Vale Collection of American Literature, Beineckre Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection
104th US Colored Troops
Courtesy of Greg French and Collection of Greg French
    • Descendants not very likely. Unusual since he had 6 children who lived to adulthood; 1 (Faustin) had 1 child who never married, 1 (Cyprian) had 2 children who did not have children, and the last one is Toussaint Delany, who had one child who is more likely adopted than not (see K Raymore's research notes). Martin Delany did have one brother, who I have not researched, since I don't think that's what Drew Gardner is looking for. Weatherall-96 02:55, 13 August 2021 (UTC)

Private Space Page where descendants will be listed. Only USBH Project members working on this project will be able to access this page. If you need access, please click on the trusted list request link to be added. Descendants

Photographed Children Project

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1864 Emancipated Slaves Publicity Campaign





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