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A sepia colored carte-de-visite of First Lieutenant William Dominick Matthews. He was a member of the Independent Battery, U.S. Colored Light Artillery, who served at Fort Leavenworth and helped protect eastern Kansas during Price's invasion in 1864. In addition, Matthews helped recruit many members of the First Colored Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Prior to the Civil War, Matthews ran a boarding house in Leavenworth, Kansas, that was used as part of the underground railroad. Assisted by Daniel R. Anthony, the brother of Susan B. Anthony, Matthews helped many Missouri slaves escape to Kansas and other "free" states.

Date: between 1861 and 1865

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The portrait of First Lt William D. Matthews can be used to introduce students to both the personal experiences of Matthews, as well as the history of black troops who served in Kansas as part of the U.S. Colored Troops.

KS: 7th: 2.6.: important events in Kansas during the Civil War

Item Number: 204528
Call Number: B Mathews, William D *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 204528

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