As slavery was the central factor in the struggle in the American Civil War, many slaves from the south managed to escaped north to be free and did so by some of the routes known as the underground railroad, however, after arriving in the northern states may of them courageously enlisted in the ranks of the Union army to fight for their rights and those of all enslaved people.
In 1989 Calvin Osborne, a 59-year-old man from DC saw the movie Glory about one of the first black regiments of the Union Army, and that somehow awakened in him a sort of calling to redeem honor to those black troops who fought for their Liberty.
“That movie shook my soul. Until that time I didn’t know that Black soldiers had fought for their own freedom,” said Osborne.
The best way Calvin thought of bringing honor to those fighters was to join the District’s Black Civil War reenactment group, Company B, to reenact the battles black soldiers were involved in. He did so for the past 3 decades.
Osborne has worn his Union uniform several times a year representing the black soldiers of the war. He now has even become the president of that volunteer organization.
Civil War Reenactor Finds Out His Own Grandfather Fought To Abolish Slavery
However, it was only recently that his connection to the war and the call he had felt to redeem honor to soldiers was a more direct connection one that even ran through his veins as he learned that his great-great-grandfather, William Lacy, had scape slavery at age 14 and immediately had enlisted in the Union army and fought in the Civil War.
Now after years of posing as a soldier of the War, Calvin has the opportunity to reenact scenes from the battles in which his great-great-grandfather participated, there is probably no better way to honor the family legacy.