Tuesday 21 Jan 2020

Sharing The Story Of Goldsboro’s 135th USCT

It’s not one of the best known Civil War facts involving the local area, but there’s an effort to bring more attention to the piece of Goldsboro history. Over 1,100 black men were enlisted in the Union Army in Goldsboro toward the end of the Civil War.

Amy Bauer is one of the people attempting to bring the story of the 135th United States Colored Troop to light.  She addressed the Goldsboro City Council last week, and says the effort to raise awareness and interest in the 135th USCT includes potentially locating a memorial to the troop in Goldsboro.

Earl Ijames with the North Carolina Museum of History told the Goldsboro City Council the 135th marched with Major General William Sherman to Washington D.C., and even participated in the Grand Parade in the nation’s capital at the war’s end.  Ijames says the 135th did not participate in any battles, but was responsible for constructing the corduroy roads in the region.

A Living History Weekend is being planned in Goldsboro for April 6th, 7th and 8th to honor the 135th USCT.  Goldsboro is being asked to contribute $4,500 to the planned event.

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