Union Soldier Campaign

UNC Walk for Health launches national 

campaign to raise awareness of the Union Soldier

 Daily Tar Heel article – Meet the Union Soldier

Daily Progress – NC Man plans pro-Union vigil

NBC29 news clip, Charlottesville, VA (Original air date: 5/9/19)

North Carolina man holds all day vigil at General Robert E. Lee Statue in CharlottesvilleGeneral Grant Accepts Lees Surrender 1865 Stretched Canvas - Science Source (36 x 24)

April 9, 1865

 Confederate General Robert E. Lee officially

 surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant

 Appomattox Court House, Virginia

“It would be useless and therefore cruel,” Robert E. Lee remarked on the morning of April 9, 1865, “to provoke the further effusion of blood, and I have arranged to meet with General Grant with a view to surrender.”

The two generals met shortly after noon on April 9, 1865, at the home of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces, hastened the conclusion of the Civil War. 

 “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

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

CBS17 news clip: UNC alumnus celebrates MLK’s birthday, Silent Sam’s removal in Union uniform

Union Soldier

(William Thorpe)


The Fire of Freedom

Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War

By David S. Cecelski

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.