Hancock quoted in article on black men fighting at Gettysburg in The Root

History and Africana Studies Prof. Scott Hancock was quoted in a July 1 article on The Root, "Did black men fight at Gettysburg?"

From The Root:

As Scott Hancock, an associate professor of history at Gettysburg College, tells his students each year atop one of the battlefield's observation towers: There would be no battlefield to commemorate had there not been slavery or fugitives escaping in the hills surrounding it.

On this 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the various campaigns of terror blacks faced and resisted, I cannot help but think of nurse and poet Walt Whitman's famous line about the Civil War in his "Memoranda During the War" (1875-1876): "Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background of countless minor scenes and interiors, (not the official surface-courteousness of the Generals, not the few great battles) of the Secession war; and it is best they should not -- the real war will never get in the books."


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