: This book, published in 1864, is a history of the Black Brigade of Cincinnati and a list of the men who were part of the first organized group of black men employed for military purposes in the North. It is 30 pages long and measures 5.5 by 8.5 inches (13.97 by 21.59 cm). The Black Brigade of Cincinnati was composed of 700 African American men. On September 1, 1862, all men were ordered to help defend the city, which was under martial law, from possible attacks by Southern forces. African American men, however, were not given the opportunity to volunteer, but rather were rounded up by the police on September 2. Once assembled, they built fortifications near the border between Ohio and Kentucky. After three weeks, they were released from service. Many later served in the first African American regiments organized in the North, the 54th and 55th Massachusetts and 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om1277_783367_004 Subjects
: Military Ohio; African American Ohioans; Civil War; Black Brigade of Cincinnati; African American soldiers Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)