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HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series: They Fought Like Tigers: Skirmish at Island Mound
February 6, 2012
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents an HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series. Fascinating Speakers, Cutting Edge Science. Hear about the latest scientific discoveries - from the world's foremost experts. Throughout the year, HMNS hosts a variety of distinguished lecturers to enhance your understanding of a current exhibition or provide new perspectives on captivating topics.
Monday, February 6
They Fought Like Tigers: Skirmish at Island Mound
Chris Tabor, Historian
Before the Emancipation Proclamation, a regiment of former slaves struck a blow for freedom in western Missouri proving that not only could those so recently out of bondage fight, but they could win on the field of battle. The action fought by the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers on October 29, 1862, marked the first time that an African-American regiment experienced combat during the Civil War. No quarter was asked and none given by either side during the fight, which involved brutal hand-to-hand combat.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Chris Tabor has focused his research on the particularly brutal warfare that raged in Western Missouri. He authored The Skirmish at Island Mound which provides the first ever detailed research into the first battle fought by African American soldiers during the Civil War.
Pictured: detail of Island Mound Engraving. This woodcut drawing appeared in the March 14, 1863 edition of Harper’s Weekly, of the First Kansas Colored Volunteers engaged in the skirmish at Island Mound, Bates County, Missouri, on October 27-29, 1862.