African-American troops engaged in combat as an organized fighting force for the first time this week 150 years ago in the Civil War. The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment repelled a Confederate unit while skirmishing with the rebels at Island Mound in Missouri on Oct. 29, 1862. It was among the first of the black regiments to be organized. Yet in a few months' time, numerous African-American regiments would be armed and poised to fight for the Union. Thousands would eventually join the Union ranks from both the population of free blacks and escaped slaves. One of the most famous fights by African-American troops would still be months ahead in July 1863 at Fort Wagner, S.C. Formally mustered into the federal army in 1863, the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment would win praise as a disciplined and first-rate infantry unit. Authorities say that regiment saw five officers and 173 enlisted soldiers killed in action during its involvement in the war. Another 165 enlisted soldiers and officers died from diseases contracted during the conflict. Elsewhere, The Associated Press reports on Oct. 29, 1862, that a fire that began in a train loaded with bales of hay threatened to burn the large train trestle bridge at Harper's Ferry, connecting western Virginia with Maryland. AP reported: "Some teamsters were cooking their dinner under the trestle work ... where immense quantities of hay were being unloaded from the cars" when the fire erupted. In the end, the burning trainload of hay was pulled off the bridge and the bridge was saved, despite damage to the trestle.
African-American troops in action for the Union for first time
Bryan Collins: Spring cleaning
As this article is being written, the next day’s weather forecast is for that powerful polar vortex to once again dip down into our area, producing cold temperatures and maybe even a little frozen precipitation.
Church news and notes
The Rev. G. David Henderson: Experiencing God’s fingers
I never preach other ministers’ sermons, nor do I get them from religious books. The method I use to select my pastoral sermons and newspaper devotionals is I know the Holy Spirit is hidden in a scripture, word or words within a scripture, waiting for me to find him, to teach me his interpretations of the Scriptures.
How to watch 'difficult' movies
Last week I finally saw "Schindler's List." Yes, that "Schindler's List" - the Oscar-winning Spielberg movie that earned wide acclaim for its vivid and sensitive portrayal of the Holocaust. It came out 21 years ago, and I've been meaning to see it ever since.
Chester V. Clark III: That first love
I found it in a box of tangled cables and antiquated gadgets. Of course “antiquated” is a relative term, meaning only a few short years when it comes to electronics. It had once been the latest and greatest of the new frontier of smartphones. Just seeing it brought back the memories.
Redesigned Mazda3 among best new small cars
Mazda must be dabbling in black magic.
How else can you explain the fact that this relatively small Japanese company is doing what no one else in the car industry seems to have figured out? They’re building cars that get amazing gas mileage and are exhilarating to drive at the same time.
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Feb. 9
Union forces kept up harassing tactics against Confederate forces in Virginia this week 150 years ago in the Civil War.
Bryan Collins: Our friend Jesus
Making friends is not always an easy task for everyone. Some people are outgoing and easygoing. Extroverts thrive on knowing and being liked by many other people. There are others who are more shy and reserved who are completely satisfied having fewer, closer friends.
‘Overdressed’ author rescheduled for Dalton State
A lecture by Elizabeth Cline, the New York fashion writer and author of “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium at Dalton State College.
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Feb. 2
Union Maj. Gen William Sherman began moving thousands of federal troops toward Meridian, Miss., this week 150 years ago in the Civil War, aiming to occupy and destroy the vital railroad junction there — a supply route for the Confederacy.
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