Union soldiers demonstrated remarkable patriotism, valor, and morality. Furthermore, Union soldiers fought and died to preserve the First Amendment freedoms that all Americans enjoy today and are the best representation of the oath of office that all elected officials take when sworn into office “I affirm that I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Susan Bro stands with William Thorpe, “The Union Soldier”, in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA.
Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer, the young woman who was killed while peacefully protesting a neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
Photo taken May 9, 2019
What are the objectives of the Union Soldier Campaign?
- Increase interest – All members of society should play an active role in the political and economic decisions that affect their lives.
- Increase voter registration and turnout
- Increase the number of progressive public officials
- Raise issues that would not otherwise be raised:
- Free or low cost tuition and flexible admissions policies at state-supported institutions of higher learning.
- WE THE PEOPLE must press the issue of poverty in the national political arena.
- WE THE PEOPLE must address the numerous problems our elders face.
- Physical fitness – encourage everyone to exercise more regardless of age as a practical preventive solution to chronic personal health care problems.
- Environmental abuse – Resources should be devoted to the preservation and conservation of the natural environment and technological decisions must take into account the well-being of future generations.
- Jobs – Work must be freely available to all. It should be organized cooperatively with special attention to providing meaning, dignity, and satisfaction.
5. Raise the hopes of young people – Inspire children to be anything they want be. Help remove thoughts of racial inferiority from the minds of young people of color. Encourage the nation’s youth to put down that bottle and push away from that needle and increase their self-esteem.
The reasons for the Union Soldier Campaign are relevant on either side of the November, 2020 general election. This Campaign is a way for poor and powerless people to gain a sense of self-respect and dignity. Plus, we have an opportunity to heal a nation.
Union Soldier Campaign theme song:
Impeach the President by Roy C. and the Honey Drippers
“True peace is not merely the absence of some negative force, it is the presence of justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“True peace at UNC is not merely the absence of Silent Sam, it is the presence of the image of the Union Soldier.” – William Thorpe (Union Soldier)
Town of Chapel Hill – Business Meeting (2/13/19) – Union Soldier presentation http://chapelhill.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=3650&meta_id=205728
Awards & Distinctions
2012 North Caroliniana Book Award, The North Caroliniana Society
Ragan Old North State Award, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African American political movement that flourished in the Union-occupied parts of North Carolina, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.
Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. As David Cecelski writes, “Galloway’s Civil War was a slave insurgency, a war of liberation that was the culmination of generations of perseverance and faith.” This riveting portrait illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.