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Tell About the South

410 East Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Dates: April 17, 2019
Phone: (919) 962-5665
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Tell About the South: Caroline Newhall on Black Civil War POWs. Caroline Wood Newhall is a Ph.D. candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of History and the Center’s 2018-19 McColl Fellow. She will speak about her dissertation research on black prisoners of war who were captured by the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Newhall’s research on Civil War pensions and service records confirms that several thousand black soldiers survived capture and navigated wartime captivity, often as enslaved laborers. Hundreds of survivors later provided exhaustive testimony on their imprisonment when they applied for federal pensions. In this talk, Newhall will discuss how Confederate policy drew upon antebellum precedent, and how men of the United States Colored Troops weakened the Confederacy from within as both invading soldiers and reclaimed slaves. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP