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A carte de visite photograph showing the men of the Independent Battery, U.S. Colored Light Artillery, positioned in front of the guard house at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. The battery was commanded by Union officer Captain H. Ford Douglas and has often been referred to as "Douglas's Battery." Captain Douglas himself was one of the few black officers in the Union Army during the war and worked tirelessly to better the conditions under which his men served.
This Carte de visite can be used to demonstrate the Union Army's preparations prior to Confederate Major General Sterling Price's "invasion" of Missouri. The U.S. Colored Troops were mustered at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in order to help deter the Confederate advance into Kansas and western Missouri. In addition, the photograph could be used to generate discussion about the African-American soldiers in the West, called "buffalo soldiers."
KS: 7th: 2.6.: important events in Kansas during the Civil War
Item Number: 90248
Call Number: FK2.L3 F.8 *15
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90248
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 - 1864
Military - Facilities - Forts - Fort Leavenworth
Military - Service - Army
Military - Wars - Civil War
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph - Carte-de-visite
People - African Americans
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