Graveside Salute to the U.S. Colored Troops

Dedication and Remembrance – Reflections of History: Hope and Healing

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the United States Colored Troops Graveside Salute will be held at the Gettysburg Soldiers’ Cemetery. The keynote speaker during this brief service is Scott Hancock, associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College. This service will begin at noon or at the conclusion of the Dedication Day Services held at the Cemetery. Mel Reid and Ben Hawley, USCT reenactors from the Washington D.C. area, will attend with members of their regiments. Other USCT reenactors are invited to participate.

The Honor Guard from the Biglerville American Legion Post 262 will participate in posting the colors and playing taps. This annual event is held in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and is conducted by Debra McCauslin of Gettysburg For The Cause Productions. For more information, contact McCauslin at 717-357-5812.

Biography of Professor Hancock:

Scott Hancock grew up as an army brat before getting his B.A. from Bryan College, a small Christian liberal arts school, in Dayton TN in 1984. He spent the next 14 years working in group homes with teenagers at risk before changing careers. He received his Ph.D. in Early American History from the University of New Hampshire in 1999, taught in Alabama for two years, and then came to Gettysburg College in 2001, where he is currently associate professor of History and Africana Studies. His scholarly interests focus on the African American experience from the mid-seventeenth century to just before the Civil War. His work often involves considering African Americans’ engagement with the law in the north, and incorporates other disciplinary perspectives such as law & society and geography. He is particularly interested in how black interaction with the law, from small disputes in lower courts to escaping via the underground railroad, shaped constitutional law, legal ideologies, black identity and U.S. society. Some of his recent work has appeared in the anthologies Paths to Freedom, We Shall Independent Be, and Slavery, Resistance, Freedom and the journal Civil War History.

This special program sponsored by For the Cause Productions and the Gettysburg National Military Park honors those who fought for our nation as the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. The event features a keynote speaker and wreath laying.

Contact:  717-528-8553