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Ab, a Handicapped Free Person of Color Tries to Enlist in Captain Houston's Confederate Company
A June 5, 1861 Florence Gazette article reporting that "a cripled [sic] free colored man, who is known by the name of Ab [Abe?]," attempted to enlist in Capt. Houston's Confederate company "last Monday." On being told he couldn't enlist he "gave all…
Confederate Slave and Body-Servant Reuben Patterson
A series of photos and newspaper articles on former Morgan County, AL slave and Confederate body-servant Reuben Patterson (1836-1928) who went to war as the body-servant of Morgan County attorney and future TN state legislator Col. Josiah Patterson…
Mely Decatur Receives a Union Military Pension
An August 5, 1882 Florence Gazette notice that an elderly black woman named Mely Decatur, who lived near Pruitton, in north-central Lauderdale County, had "received the sung little sum of $2,180, from the Federal Treasury, on account of services…
"U. S. Army Calls for Negroes"
An April 12, 1917 Florence Herald notice that the US Army is looking for Negro men to enlist and that they may do so at the recruiting station in the Federal Post Office Building.
"Colored Mass Meeting"
"Negroes Hold Big Patriotic Meeting"
An April 12, 1917 Florence Herald notice for an upcoming mass meeting of the Tri-Cities black community (to which whites are also invited) at the Courthouse in Florence on Tuesday night, April 17, at 7:30 pm for the purposes of discussing the…
"No Slackers Here"
A June 7, 1917 Florence Herald report on the registration for the draft in Lauderdale County, which showed that out of 690 registrations in the Florence beat, 250 were African-American, and in the Woodland and Smithsonia beats of the bend of the…
"Colored Soldiers Go Forth"
An August 9, 1918 Florence Times report of "another contingent of colored men" who left Florence for basic training at Camp McClellan at Anniston, the men identified as: Ernest Gordon, Bill Martin, Willie Chisholm, Albert Wilson, John L. Chessier, …
"U. S. Nitrate Plant No. Two One of Busiest Places in South"
A December 19, 1918 Florence Herald report on US Nitrate Plant No. 2 which gives the total number of workers as 15,170 then gives a breakdown of the number of workers in the various sections and camps of the plant, including a breakdown of the…
A Committee formed to Assist Returning Veterans in Filling Out the cards for Returned Soldiers Eligible for the $60 bonus at No Charge.
A March 13, 1919 Florence Herald notice by the Soldiers Comfort Committee that, in the wake of returning veterans eligible for the $60 bonus being charged to have their forms filled out, the Committee has formed a subcommittee of local women who…
"Confederate Veterans Have Annual Picnic"
A Thursday, September 18, 1919 Florence Herald report on the annual United Confederate Veterans reunion at Mars Hill, in Lauderdale County, which noted the names of all the attendees, including Peter Stewart (ca. 1825-1925) a former slave who along…