Battle Brief: The US Colored Troops at New Market Heights, 1864
Learn the remarkable story of the Union Army’s brave Soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops at the 1864 battle of New Market Heights during the Civil War. Part of the grueling Petersburg Campaign between Grant and Lee, A brigade of U. S. Colored Troops in the X Corps under Maj. Gen. David Birney served bravely in an attack on Confederate positions at New Market Heights, south of Richmond on September 29, 1864. For their extraordinary heroism, twelve men of the U.S. Colored Troops later received the Medal of Honor, the first black Soldiers to be awarded an American military decoration.
Join the National Army Museum and historian James Price for a virtual discussion of this small but bloody battle, including slides of images, maps, and drawings. Also included will be a presentation by the American Battlefield Trust of their tireless efforts to preserve the New Market Heights battleground and other nearby properties related to the Civil War.