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Memorial ~ Black Troops at Blakeley

Baldwin County battle had one of largest numbers of black soldiers in Civil War

Staff Reporter

The Battle of Blakeley is famous as one of the last stands of the Confederacy, but one local re-enactor is also working to have the 1865 conflict remembered for another contribution to history.

More than 6,000 black troops took part in the battle at Blakeley -- creating a higher ratio than at almost any other engagement during the Civil War, said Mike Hutchison of Point Clear.

Hutchison is working to raise money for a memorial to be built at Blakeley commemorating the Union black soldiers who took part in the conflict.

About one federal soldier in five who attacked the Confederate positions north of Spanish Fort was black, said Hutchison.

"It's a way o remember what a lot of people have tried to forget, that there were a lot of blacks fighting for their country at Blakeley," Hutchison said. "I think that this is important in this era of historical accuracy and historical validity that we remember this.

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