Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Tennessee's First African-American Civil War Volunteers

Marker ID: THC 3B 68
Location: on Main St. at the public square, in front of the Court House, Gallatin, TN
County: Sumner
Coordinates: N 36° 23.307    W 086° 26.747
  36.38845    -86.44578333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD7G3


Among the first ex-slaves in the Union Army were 200 local volunteers who enlisted here on the Public Square in July, 1863. They became a part of the Thirteenth United States Colored Infantry at Nashville. Two months later the army recruited additional ex-slaves at Gallatin, Nashville, and Murfreesboro to form the Fourteenth Colored Infantry here.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.