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Fort Mifflin to host USCT Civil War weekend

8th USCT grave at Andersonville Prison
Kevin Frye

Fort Mifflin will host their 6th Annual U.S. Colored Troops Civil War weekend Saturday and Sunday April 5-6. The event will include living history, exhibits, encampments, live music, guided tours, speakers, genealogy, weapons and drill demonstrations. Willie Cooper, a descendent of a USCT soldier, will speak on Sunday. Millicent Sparks will present as Harriet Tubman. The exhibit “Lest We Forget Slavery” will be featured on Saturday.

The fort, originally commissioned in 1771 at Fort Island on the Delaware River just below Philadelphia, PA, served as a training ground for United States Colored troops when the federal government approved enlistment of black soldiers in May of 1863.

Regiments such as the 8th U.S.C.T.‎, the unit that incurred the third highest casualty toll of any regiment, trained at Fort Mifflin. One of the lectures on Saturday will tell the story of the 8th USCT and their participation in battles at Olustee, FL (February 20.1864) and at the siege of Petersburg, VA (June 1864-April 1865). Thirty four members of the 8th USCT were captured at Olustee and incarcerated at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

Admission to the event is $8 for adults and $6 for kids. Fort Mifflin is located adjacent to the Philadelphia Airport.

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