Fighting for Freedom


Freed and escaped slaves and black freemen joined the Union forces to help defeat the institution of slavery. Their participation in the war was a supreme act of courage, because Confederate troops routinely executed black soldiers they captured or found wounded on the battlefield. This practice was notably demonstrated at the Battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas on 18 April 1864, where the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry sustained heavy losses. Thereafter their battlecry was "Remember Poison Springs."

  Eleven known "colored" soldiers once belonged to Fulkerson families and carried the Fulkerson surname into their military service. Their names are also inscribed at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC.

  1. Pvt. Anderson FULKERSON, Co. B, 67th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

  2. Pvt. Christopher FULKERSON, Cos. B and I, 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry

  3. Pvt. Daniel FULKERSON, Co. H, 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (until December 1864, his unit was known as the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment)

  4. Pvt. Edward FULKERSON, Co. H, 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment)

  5. Pvt. George FULKERSON, Co. A, 2nd Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Infantry, of Paola, KS, enlisted 10 Jul 1863 DIED of disease at Paola, KS on 25 Aug 1863

  6. Pvt. Henry FULKERSON, Co. H, 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment)

  7. Pvt. Jacob FULKERSON, Co. E, 70th Regiment, United States Colored Troops

  8. Pvt. John A. FULKERSON, Co. H, 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment)

  9. Pvt. Joseph FULKERSON, Co. F, 13th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery

  10. Pvt. Samuel FULKERSON, Co. E, 1st Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery

  11. Pvt. Tom FULKERSON, Cos. B and I, 2nd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry


    SOURCE: US National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (Names Index Project) at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm

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