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HMNS Lecture Monday, “They Fought Like Tigers: Skirmish at Island Mound”

Posted in African Americans, Education, Memory by Andy Hall on February 5, 2012

A quick reminder that tomorrow evening, Monday, at 6:30, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will present another in its lecture series in conjunction with the Discovering the Civil War exhibition. Historian Chris Tabor will present “They Fought Like Tigers: Skirmish at Island Mound.” From the museum website:

The action fought by the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers on October 29, 1862, marked the first time that an African-American regiment experienced combat during the Civil War. No quarter was asked and none given by either side during the fight, which involved brutal hand-to-hand combat. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Chris Tabor has focused his research on the particularly brutal warfare that raged in Western Missouri. He authored The Skirmish at Island Mound which provides the first ever detailed research into the first battle fought by African American soldiers during the Civil War.


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  1. Craig L said, on February 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    If you look closely at their regimental flag you can see that the 1st Kansas Colored were also along on Steele’s Camden Expedition in April 1864. Camden wasn’t actually part of the original itinerary. The goal was to meet up with Banks at Shreveport and push from there into Texas to Fort Worth. Banks was thwarted coming up the Red River. Steele’s forces were diverted east to Camden, AR where they regrouped, awaiting news from Banks. When it was clear Banks wasn’t coming, Steele returned to Little Rock, but not without some serious scrapes. The 1st Kansas Colored took heavy casualties at Poison Spring and a few weeks later at Jenkin’s Ferry, fighting alongside units led by Germans, including Adolph Dengler’s 43rd Illinois, Frederick Salomon’s 9th Wisconsin and the 27th Wisconsin led by Konrad Krez, all part of Engelmann’s brigade.

  2. dmf said, on February 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    hey there, just in case you didn’t catch this earlier:

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