New York State Archives, NYSA_13775-83_USCT_0031_1269_Vroman_Abram
A muster roll for Abram Vroman, a member of the U.S. Colored Troops, Civil War, circa 1864.
This is a combat record for a soldier. Why would it be important to have these types of records?
What do you notice about this document?
How long was Mr. Vroman enlisted?
The wording of this document is interesting. What would we say today instead of “complexion”?
His occupation states "laborer." What does this mean?
Was he born a slave? How can you tell?
What contributions did African Americans make to the abolitionist movement and to the war?
There are some very-well-known African American regiments of the Civil War. Choose one New York regiment and research its actions. Use the website listed below and others you may find. http://www.civilwararchive.com/unionny.htm
Math: If 36,000 African Americans out of 178,975 total soldiers died, what percentage of African American soldiers died in the Civil War?
Science: What were some common non-combat killers during the Civil War?
English Language Arts: Create a poster recruiting African Americans to the Union cause.
Haskins, James. Black, Blue and Gray: African American Soldiers in the Civil War. Simon & Schuster Children's, January 1998. ISBN:0689806558.
DeAngelis, Gina. The Massachusetts 54th: African American Soldiers of the Union. Capstone Press, June 2002. ISBN: 0736813438
DVD: Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman. Sony Wonder. UPC: 74645520391
Reef, Catherine. Civil War Soldiers. Lerner Publishing Group, March 1993. ISBN: 0805023712.
Murphy, Jim. The Boys War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War. Houghton Mifflin Company, March 1993. ISBN:0395664128
Pollaco, Patricia. Pink and Say. Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, August 1994. ISBN:0399226710