This lecture has concluded. Please view the video to learn more about our third session of Tennessee 101: The Civil War Years in Tennessee.
The Civil War for Tennessee’s African Americans
Dr. Carole Bucy
Davidson County Historian
Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College
As soon as African Americans saw Union Army soldiers in Tennessee, they began emancipating themselves.
As soon as African Americans saw Union Army soldiers in Tennessee, they began emancipating themselves. They established what became known as contraband camps adjacent to Union Army camps. To the surprise of some, Tennessee was expressly omitted from the Emancipation Proclamation. This lecture will explore the Emancipation Proclamation and the role of African American Tennesseans in the war as young men joined the Union Army’s U.S. Colored Troops.