124th General Assembly Regular Session 2001
House of Representatives
State Of Ohio
LSC 124 1921-1
124th General Assembly
H. C. R. No.
To recognize the service of the Black Brigade in the
defense of Cincinnati in 1862.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF OHIO (THE SENATE CONCURRING):
WHEREAS, In September 1862, when Confederate forces were threatening Cincinnati, the commander of Union forces for the defense of Cincinnati, Major General Lew Wallace, ordered all men from the city, including African Americans, to build defenses for the city; and
WHEREAS, Initially, the African-American men were treated poorly by the city government and Union troops protecting the city, but this soon changed when William Dickson, a respected citizen of Cincinnati, was given command of the African-American men and organized them into the Black Brigade; and
WHEREAS, The members of the Black Brigade were recognized by the engineers in charge of building the defenses as the hardest working and most efficient of all the laborers who were involved in that effort. After the threat to the city had ended, the Black Brigade was disbanded, and many of the former members of the Black Brigade entered military service and served in the first Union military units for African Americans; and
WHEREAS, Although other citizens who participated in the defense of Cincinnati were recognized at the time by the General Assembly, the members of the Black Brigade received no such recognition. It is only fitting that they finally be recognized for their significant contributions to defending their city, their state, and their country; and
WHEREAS, The distinguished members of the Black Brigade
|William M Dickson||Commandant|
|Timothy C. Day||Ass't Adjutant General|
|J. Stacey Hill||Quartermaster|
|Jas. Lupton||Volunteer Aid And Acting Camp
Jacob Resor, Jr.
William J. Dickson
James M. Canfield
William H. Chatfield
John W. Hartwell
David A. James