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Sept 2 1863 - Recruiting colored troops in Hagerstown

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Recruiting Colored Men.—

Maj. Boerstein who is engaged in recruiting for the 2d and 4th colored Regiments of Maryland, has opened an office in this town. A number of colored men have already volunteered, including the members of the colored Band.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light

The "colored band" is presumably the Moxley Band. Formed by Robert Moxley in 1854, the band's musicians played at public events until they joined the First Brigade of the U.S. Colored Troops. The band was used in part to recruit other slaves in the region for military service.

Major Augustus S. Boerstein, acting commander of the 4th United States Colored Infantry, was later involved in the failed attempt to break the Confederate lines at New Market Heights, Virginia, September 29, 1864. The charge against the Confederate lines, performed primarily by black troops, resulted in very heavy losses on both sides and proved General Benjamin Butler's assertion that blacks could fight as well as whites. Fourteen black soldiers won the Medal of Honor for their actions that day -- a statistic made more impressive by the fact that only 24 black soldiers and sailors were granted that honor during the Civil War.


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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