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Men of Color, To Arms!

Men of Color, To Arms!

My cousin, David Briddell, and Dr. Clara Small just finished and published the wonderful 300+ page book, “Men of Color, To Arms!“.  This book details manumitted slaves and freed blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (Worcester and Somerset Counties) who served in the Civil War. This compilation is truly a gem, and represents years of research by the authors. I love to see and promote books like this.

Numerous primary sources were utilized  including Maryland Adjutant General’s records, U.S. Treasury Bounty Rolls, land, probate and court records, U.S. Colored Troops slave rolls and oral history interviews. There are newspaper recruitment ads in the book, maps,  photographs and articles on relevant topics such as Selling Slaves in Princess Anne, MD. Many times, for former slaves, the name of the former owner is revealed within the records.

David Briddell and I met online, right at the beginning of my genealogy journey many years ago. We soon discovered that his gg- grandmother Harriett Waters and my ggg-grandfather Daniel Waters were siblings. We have kept in contact ever since.  I do hope those researching in these areas will pick it up….you will not be disappointed! I hope some of us continue this tradition and publish more records for and about African-Americans.

If interested, you can purchase this book from Arcadia Publishers.

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh