Minority troops of Civil War given the recognition they deserve


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – We talk a lot about the general history of the civil war, but what about the minority troops?

The Battle of Forks Road was fought by minority troops on February 20 and February 21, 1865, for the possession of Wilmington, where Cameron Art Museum is located today.

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Actors, authors and locals gathered at the Museum on Saturday to discuss and learn about the battle.

“The event today is to commemorate the spirit of those United States Colored troops- called USCTs, the battle that they fought here and the part that they played in Wilmington, North Carolina,” said Dr. Joseph Askew, author of “The North Carolina Negro in the Civil War.”

The Battle of Forks Road is one of the most important events in Wilmington’s history, and The Cameron Art Museum is dedicated to recognize the sacrifice that these minority troops made.