In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing some of our artifacts and images that tell the story of the contributions of African-Americans in our area.
This is a recruitment poster issued by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments and was printed by P.S. Duval & Son, Philadelphia.
According to research by “Photo Sleuth” for Military Image magazine’s August 2015 issue, the lithograph was based from a photograph and probably shows the 25th United States Colored Troops at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia. It was probably taken in late 1863 or early 1864. The officer represented may be George Edwin Heath (1834-1905). The drummer boy, flag and tent are artistic additions.
The poster can be seen in the Ross County Historical Society’s Civil War exhibit. We’l have an open house on March 4, 2017 from noon to four pm, and you can come see it along with our brand new WWI exhibit.