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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
General B.F. Butler declares enslaved persons of African descent contraband of war.

Freedom's Fortress Marker _ Hampton, Virginia.

Friday, Apr. 13th, 2012
Following the Union capture of Ft. Pulaski during the Civil War, Maj. Gen. David Hunter issued
General Orders No. 7 freeing those enslaved at the fort and on Cockspur Island.

History of Emancipation: Marker _ Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia.

Wensday, May 22nd, 2013
Freedom Founders Day : General Orders No. 143

"Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" Marker _ Arlington National Cemetery
in Arlington County, Virginia.

Sunday, June 2th, 2013
Harriet Tubman Leads Abolitionist Raid On The Combahee River.

(Marker Dedication at Tubman Bridge) _ Beaufort, South Carolina.

May 22nd-May 25th, 2014
USCT "Fight For Freedom" Civil War Weekend Tour

African-American experience in the Civil War Sesquicentennial USCT "Fight For Freedom"
weekend tour of Eastern Virginia sites that will include the Fort Pocahontas annual Civil War
Living History and Reenactment of a victorious USCT Civil War battle, that will mark the 150th
commemoration of the May 24th, 1864 battle at Wilson's Wharf. The tour will begin on
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 "Freedom's Founders Day" and conclude on Sunday, May 25th,
2014.

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Battle of Tupelo

The Battle of Tupelo was a Union victory over Confederate forces in northern Mississippi which
ensured the safety of General William T. Sherman's supply lines.
Battle of Tupelo Marker _ Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi.

Sunday, Sept. 28th, 2014
Battle of New Market Heights

Of the 16 Medals of Honor awarded to “Negro” soldiers during the Civil War, 14 were bestowed
for this battle.
Battle of New Market Heights Marker _ Near Varina in Henrico County, Virginia

Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 2014
The Battle For Decatur

"Captain, We’ve Got It At Last” - The Charge of the 14th U.S. Colored Infantry “A Hard Nut To
Crack”
Charge of the 14th U.S. Colored Infantry Marker _ Decatur, Alabama

Mon. Dec. 15th, 2014
Battle of Nashville

During the Battle of Nashville (December 1864), nearly 13,000 black soldiers aided in the
defeat of the Confederates.
Nashville Blacks in the Civil War Marker _ Nashville , Tennessee

Thursday, Jan. 15th, 2015
Capture Fort Fisher
Following several hours of determined resistance and the committal of five more Federal
regiments (including U.S. Colored Troops). The Confederate defenders were overwhelmed."
Capture! Marker _ Kure Beach in New Hanover County, North Carolina

Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 2015
U.S.C.T. Charleston, South Carolina Liberation Day.


Sunday, Feb.22nd, 2015
U.S.C.T. Wilmington, North Carolina Liberation Day.


Friday, April 3rd, 2015
U.S.C.T. Richmond, Virginia Liberation Day.

( Van Lew/ Bowser Marker Dedication)
The first units of Weitzel's command to enter the city were six regiments of Brig. Gen. Edward
H. Ripley's 1st Brigade of the XXIVth Army Corps, and U.S. Colored Troops from infantry and
cavalry regiments of the XXVth Army Corps.
Union Army Enters Richmond Marker _ Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia

Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24,2015
Grand Review of the Armies.



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