Meetup/UNC/African American Soldiers in US Wars

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Details[edit]

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Come when you can, stay as long as you'd like!

WHERE: Stone Center Library, on the third floor of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

WHO: Anyone! Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax.) Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of University Library resources and a mini reference desk available for your use. We can also pull additional materials from the Collection as needed.) UNC faculty, staff, and students.

WHAT TO BRING: A laptop. We'll help you access the University's wireless network.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Volunteers will be there to greet you at the entrance to the Stone Center. Parking should be available and free in most University parking lots near the library, unless marked as reserved for a special event. The Stone Center Library website should have directions and more detailed parking information: http://www.lib.unc.edu/stone/visit/hours.html

WILL THERE BE FOOD? The most important question! Yes, we will provide food and drink.

WILL I HAVE A SOUVENIR OF MY EXPERIENCE?? Sure. We've got some Stone Center and Wikipedia swag for you.

Participating Remotely[edit]

There are ways to participate remotely! We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll also be available during the event for comments and questions on Twitter @stonecenterlib (using the hashtag #wikiNC), and on our Facebook page. You can direct message us on Twitter or comment on the Facebook event post with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!

Suggested Topics[edit]

The following are topics that Stone Center Library staff have identified as needing attention, but participants are encouraged to pursue their own interests as well. Hyperlinked sub-topics already have Wikipedia articles, but may need citations or more information. Main headings e.g. 'American Civil War' have been hyperlinked for reference.

Some of these topics are mentioned briefly in other articles, so if you create a new article, try to search for that topic in Wikipedia so that you can create links back to your work.

American Revolutionary War

  • Jack Sisson: Expand article; information can be found The Encyclopedia of African American Military History
  • David Lamson: Picked off British patrol; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

War of 1812

  • "Major" Jeffrey: A slave who fought in the Battle of New Orleans; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

American Civil War

All information on the Civil War topics can be found in African American Faces of the Civil War, with a few exceptions noted below.

  • Lewis Douglass: Frederick Douglass's son, needs citations, expand article
  • Henry McNeal Turner: Expand upon war service; information can be found in Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era Scornel (talk) 21:42, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Nicholas Biddle: Considered by some to be first blood shed during the Civil War (Nicholas Biddle)
  • Alexander Newton: Free son of a slave who joined 29th Connecticut Infantry (Alexander Newton)
  • Robert Holloway: General Ambrose Burnside's valet; was captured at First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas
  • William Henry Scott: Slave that escaped to join 12th Massachusetts Regiment, Civil Rights Leader, one of the founders of the Niagara Movement; link back to Niagara Movement page, perhaps add him to the Niagara Movement page? Frankcjones (talk) 21:54, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
  • James Townsend: Soldier in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, preacher, Indiana politician (James Townsend)
  • Silas Chandler: Slave who went to war with his Confederate masters
  • John Goosberry: Canadian who was fifer for 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
  • Hubbard Pryor: Photographed for Harper's Weekly and for report on black soldiers, prisoner of war Hubbard Pryor
  • Allen King: Slave who was sold to a Union man to be his substitute in the Army
  • Charles Singer: Soldier, abolitionist
  • Henry Monroe: Drummer for 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, wrote "Boykin's Mill" poem about the Battle of Boykin's Mill; link to Battle of Boykin's Mill page. The poem can be found in The Black Phalanx: African American Soldiers in the War of Independence, The War of 1812, and the Civil War. Could include poem in article.
  • United States Black Cavalry Units: 1st-4th and 6th Calvary Units, the 5th is already well-established; information can be found in Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era

American Indian Wars: Could perhaps add section about how this was the "war" in which African American soldiers really proved themselves?

  • Ed Davis: Black soldier in American Indian Wars who was verbal proponent of idea that black soldiers didn't need white officers to lead them; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History
  • Battle of Beaver Creek: Battle that took place during American Indian Wars with significant participation from African American troops; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

Spanish-American War

  • Edward L. Baker, Jr.: Expand upon war service; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

Philippine-American War

  • David Fagen: Article could be expanded upon; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

World War I

World War II

  • Golden Thirteen: Add citations, expand article if possible, perhaps find info for red links? Information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History, The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military, and The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers.
  • Cornelius Coffey: Stub article that needs to be expanded. Information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History
  • Gillem Committee/Gillem Board: An all-white review of black soldiers conducted immediately after World War II. Conclusion was that there should be continued segregation in the United States Armed Forces. Create new page, link to Alvan Cullom Gillem, Jr., and add citations to the Board for Utilization of Negro Manpower (1945-1946) section of the Alvan Cullom Gillem, Jr. page. Information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History.
  • Vincent Malveaux: African American soldier who gave up rank in noncombat unit to fight in World War II; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History.

Korean War

  • Bradley Briggs: First black officer to qualify as paratrooper; information can be found in The Encyclopedia of African American Military History

Vietnam War

  • Joseph B. Anderson: Add citations and expand upon war service; information can be found in The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military
  • Jesse Brewer III: Navy corpsman, Marine corpsman, received Silver Star during Tet Offensive; information can be found in The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military
  • Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.: Expand Vietnam section, discuss his views regarding Civil Rights, his patriotic views, add Libya assignment, his dealings with antiwar protestors, response to his beliefs. Information can be found in The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military. Scornel (talk) 23:14, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

RSVP[edit]

Please add your name below if you are planning to attend.

  1. Cherylann (talk)
  2. RheaRanger (talk)
  3. Scornel (talk)
  4. Frankcjones (talk) 02:50, 7 April 2015 (UTC)