Research Chronicles: Brigadier General Leonard Shadwell Blackden

Researching the history of black soldiers is a constant source of fascination. I spend much of my time in reading rooms in archives in the South-East, looking for stories to recount of the campaigns these men were involved in, reading reports written by their commanding officers, and uncovering photographs of soldiers in action in Africa, France, Palestine and Egypt. It’s very satisfying work and I look forward to sharing this information in the talks and presentations I’m developing. This summer I received an email from the granddaughter of Brig. Gen. Leonard Shadwell Blackden, who was the commander of the...

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