William Allen speech on the enlistment of African American soldiers   Save
William Allen speech on the enlistment of African American soldiers
Description: William Allen delivered this speech to the Ohio House of Representatives on February 2, 1863. In it he opposes legislation that would allow African Americans to join Ohio regiments to fight in the Civil War. The speech is 8 pages long and measures 5.5 by 9 inches (13.97 by 22.86 cm). Later in 1863 the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation allowing the recruitment of African American men. The 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was formed in Delaware, Ohio, between August and November 1863 as an African American regiment organized under white officers. It was later designated the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Troops. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1277_780100_073
Subjects: Ohio Government; African American Ohioans; Military Ohio; Civil War; African American soldiers
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Ohio