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Washington D.C., Feb 22 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress is delighted to launch online -- in February, the African-American History Month -- William A. Gladstone Afro-American Military Collection, consisting of about 500 items, media reports said.
Gladstone was reportedly a historian and writer of books about black Civil War troops.
This photograph is featured in the Gladstone Collection with documents from 1869 related to Gilbert Montgomery of the 4th United States Cavalry.
Time span covered in this collection is from 1773 to 1987 with the bulk of the material dating from the Civil War period, 1861–65.
The collection reportedly consists of correspondence, pay vouchers, receipts, orders, contracts, affidavits, tax records, muster rolls, enlistment and discharge papers, miscellaneous military documents and printed matter.
Items reportedly like African-Americans in military service, especially the United States Corps d’Afrique and the United States Colored Troops, which were organized during the Civil War are documented.
Several documents about slavery and various other Civil War documents that mention African-Americans are reportedly included in this collection.
A Civil War-era broadside featuring the song “The Colored Volunteers.”
Revolutionary War items are primarily pay vouchers to Connecticut blacks who served in the Continental Army.
Papers of Lieutenant Edward L. Goodlett of the 370th Infantry, 93rd Division are representative of World War I.
Printed matter includes government orders, broadsides, 19th-century speeches and writings on slavery and 20th-century booklets and journal articles for scholars or collectors.
In the year 1995 the Library of Congress purchased the collection from Gladstone and has been kept in the numerical order established by him, which is neither topical nor chronological.
This collection of manuscripts is complemented and enhanced by the Gladstone Collection of African-American Photographs in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division .
A chronology of key events in African-American military service is also available.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)