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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.

Date: 1864

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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

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