drawing of State LibraryConnecticut State Library logo

Portrayal of Private William Webb, Civil War Soldier of the 29th Connecticut Volunteers

But we served with a gentleman, from Middletown, Sergeant Alfred Powers, who stood about 6’4” maybe 225 lbs. So, he was a big man. And, we used to sit around the encampment and we would have our hardtack and drink our coffee and Sergeant Powers would come on the scene. And the men starting saying, “Here comes Sergeant Powers, here comes Sergeant Powers, here he comes.” See Sergeant Powers represented to us what freedom was all about. To see an African American as an Officer at that time, gave us much hope that one day America would change.

Image of African-American soldiers, State Archives

It also reminded me of what the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglas said to our men before we marched into war.
Frederick Douglas said:
Portrait of Frederick Douglas

“Once let the Black man get upon his person the brass letters “US”, and a eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and a bullet in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that the black man has earned the right of citizenship in the United States.”

Photo of 29th Connecticut Volunteers Brass Buckle

So, seeing all of that gave us that chance and opportunity to bring about a change.

Freedom! Said it sounds good and it sounds nice. Got to be free!




Right arrow  Home Page  bullet  Hours bullet  Directions  bullet   About CSL  bullet  Using The Library
Right arrow  Search the State Library Catalog bullet  Search the State Library Website  bullet  CSL Research Resources  bullet  iCONN (CT Digital Library)
Right arrow  Government Information Services
bullet  History & Genealogy  bullet  Law & Legislative Reference  bullet  Library For The Blind & Physically Handicapped  
Right arrow  Museum of Connecticut History  bullet  Public Records bullet  Services To Libraries  bullet  State Archives
bullet  Connecticut Heritage Foundation (supporting the Connecticut State Library & Museum of Connecticut History)

Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
860-757-6500 * Toll-free 866-886-4478

Disclaimers & Permissions  |  Privacy Policy  |  State of Connecticut Home Page
For technical comments and questions email: webmaster@cslib.org

© 2002-2008, Connecticut State Library. All rights reserved.
Further reproduction, publication, or dissemination is limited to fair use by individuals for private purposes and research only, and may in no way be further reproduced except with the specific written permission of the Connecticut State Library.