Pvt. Jefferson Ramsey by Gayford & Speidel of Rock Island, Ill. Ramsey served his entire enlistment in the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. This image was part of an album of cartes de visite of enlisted men in Company F of the regiment. The album was assembled by Theodore F. Wright, one of the lieutenants in command of the company.
The Mystery of the Civil War’s Camp Casey During the Civil War’s final years, a Union base in Northern Virginia trained hundreds of African-American soldiers to fight to end slavery, one of only a few such bases inside a Confederate state. But Camp Casey has nearly disappeared from history, a mystery examined by Chelsea Gilmour. But the lack of faith in the African-American soldiers’ commitment and skill would play a decisive role in the disastrous Battle of the Crater.