Title: Forgotten Black Soldiers Who Served in White Regiments During the Civil War: Vol. II
Author: Dr. Juanita Patience Moss
Release Date: Aug. 27
Dr. Juanita Patience Moss was born and reared in northeastern Pennsylvania where her great grandfather, a Civil War veteran, had settled his family. She is the daughter of Charles Edgar Patience, a renowned anthracite coal sculptor whose work was featured in Ebony March 1970. Her educational background includes the West Pittston Public School System; Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.; Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, N.J.
King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Penn. awarded her a Doctorate of Humanities in 2011.
After retiring as a high school biology teacher in 1992, she developed an interest in genealogy and began searching for the exact location from which her great grandfather had absconded before enlisting in the 103th PA Volunteer Regiment, a White regiment garrisoned at Plymouth, N.C.
What was the impetus for writing this book?
I was told in 1998 that no Black soldiers had served in White regiments during the Civil War when I knew of one. My great grandfather.
What’s the overall theme?
The overall theme of Volume I and Volume II is to prove my hypothesis that if there was one soldier there may have been more. My research has discovered the names of several thousand forgotten Black Civil War soldiers.
What surprised you about the development of the book?
I was surprised by the unexpected sources that led me to uncovering names hidden in plain sight. For instance, by what is or is not engraved on their Union tombstones, some of which may be nearly 150 years old.
For what audience is your book written?
The book is written for persons of any age including Civil War descendants, historians and “buffs” alike.
What one thing do you most want the reader to learn?
To my readers I want to impart that when you are being doubted, but have necessary proof, then forge ahead to meet your destiny.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I will be speaking at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC at 11:00 a.m. on 4 October 2014 during the Descendants’ Hour.
List other books you’ve written.
Anthracite Coal Art of Charles Edgar Patience
Battle of Plymouth, N.C., April 17-20, 1864: The Last Confederate Victory Created to Be Free
Forgotten Black Soldiers Who Served in White Regiments During the Civil War: Volume I
Tell Me Why Dear Bennett: Memoirs of Bennett College Belles: Volumes I & II