Letters were the primary means of communication for Civil War era soldiers. Men on both side wrote letters to friends, family members, and even newspapers about their time in the armies. Men of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) were no exception. These letters illustrate what hardships and challenges the soldiers of Camp William Penn faced on and off the battlefield.
This lesson will focus on letters Camp William Penn soldiers wrote to newspapers about their experience in the USCT. It uses letters from a compilation book entitled A Grand Army of Black Men edited by Edwin S. Redkey (1992). Soldiers who trained at Camp William Penn wrote all of the letters used in this lesson.