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Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Serving with Honor

 
 
Serving with Honor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Serving with Honor Marker
Inscription.  Many former bondsmen and free black men enlisted when the United States Colored Troops was formed in 1863. By war's end, over 220,000 black soldiers and sailors had served in Union forces. About 40 percent of the burials at Vicksburg National Cemetery are United States Colored Troops.

[Photo captions]
Top right: After the brutal Battle of Milliken's Bend north of here, Captain M. M. Miller declared, "I never more wish to hear the expression: 'The [Negroes] won't fight.'" African American troops had proven their bravery and commitment—and Union public opinion about black soldiers was forever changed.

Background photo: A member of the United States Colored Troops with his family.

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 32° 22.592′ N, 90° 52.082′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military
Serving with Honor Marker in the Vicksburg National Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. Serving with Honor Marker in the Vicksburg National Cemetery.
Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Cemetery Road 0.1 miles north of Given Hill Road, on the right when traveling west. Located in the Vicksburg National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cemetery Road, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Resting Place, With Dignity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Fleet (about 400 feet away); Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated (about 400 feet away); Hog Chains - USS Cairo (about 500 feet away); The Last of it Kind (about 500 feet away); Steering an Ironclad - USS Cairo (about 500 feet away); Pilothouse - USS Cairo (about 500 feet away); Capstan - USS Cairo (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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