“Defending the Holiest of all Causes, Liberty and Union”
November 17, 2011
More than 20,000 African Americans served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Boston National Historical Park Ranger Bill Casey shares the inspiring true stories of two of these men. Come learn of the bravery of Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson who, wounded by enemy shell, held his post, supplying the guns aboard USS Hartford with ammunition, and of William B. Gould I, an escaped slave whose provocative war diary tells the tale of life at sea aboard USS CAMBRIDGE and USS NIAGARA.
This program is presented as part of the November Middays at the Meeting House series “Commonwealth Changed: Massachusetts in the Civil War” and is cosponsored by Boston National Historical Park.