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
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
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Military
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1854 to 1865 (Benchmark 2) - Civil War in Kansas (Indicator 6) - Price's Invasion
Date - 1861-1869
Military - Service - Army - Artillery
Military - Wars - Civil War - Kansas Units - US Volunteers - Independent Colored Kansas Battery, Light Artillery
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph - Carte-de-visite
People - African Americans
People - Notable Kansans - Matthews, William D.
Places - Cities and towns - Leavenworth
Places - Counties - Leavenworth
Places - Forts and military installations - Fort Leavenworth
Thematic Time Period - Civil War, 1861 - 1865
Type of Material - Photographs - Format - Carte de visite