“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

U.S. Colored Troops Grand Review

U.S. Colored Troops Grand Review Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. U.S. Colored Troops Grand Review Marker
Inscription. Excluded from a May 1865 "Grand Review of the Armies" in Wash., DC, U.S. Colored Troops from Penna. and Mass. regiments assembled here at State and Filbert Sts. on Nov. 14, 1865 for a parade honoring their courage during the Civil War. Grand Marshal T. Morris Chester led them through Harrisburg to Sen. Simon Cameron's Front St. home to be gratefully acknowledged. Octavius Catto, William Howard Day, Gen. JB Kiddoo, & the Rev. Stephen Smith spoke.
Erected 2006 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 15.911′ N, 76° 52.803′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and South Street, on the left when traveling north on 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Harris Switch Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pennsylvania Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sylvan Heights Mansion (about 500 feet away);
Solder's Grove image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Solder's Grove
The troops assembled here.
Soldiers Grove (about 500 feet away); The Pennsylvania State Capitol (about 600 feet away); Original Capitol Complex (about 700 feet away); Technical High School & Old City Hall (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
Also see . . .
1. How Harrisburg honored the African-American troops from the Civil War when no one else would. Pennlive (11/6/2015) recounts the story of the USCT Grand Review in Harrisburg in time for the 150th anniversary of the event. (Submitted on November 6, 2015.) 

2. History of Harrisburg’s Grand Review of Black Troops. Website for the 2015 Grand Review re-enactment, telling the story of the Grand Review: ...Black veterans held a parade in Harrisburg on November 14, 1865, however. Thomas Morris Chester, Harrisburg's most distinguished African American, served as grand marshal. The parade formed at State and Filbert Streets (now Soldier's Grove). The soldiers marched through Harrisburg to the South Front Street residence of U.S. Senator and former secretary of war Simon Cameron. Cameron reviewed the troops from his front porch and thanked them for their service to the nation.

Other speakers included Octavius V. Catto, an African American educator and USCT recruiter from Philadelphia; William Howard Day, abolitionist and clergyman; and Brevet Major General Joseph B. Kiddoo, former commander of the 22nd Regiment USCT. Pennsylvania was the only state to thus honor black soldiers who had helped save the Union.
(Submitted on November 6, 2015.) 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsMilitaryNotable EventsNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,389 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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