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Tim Spofford, Author, Civil Rights, Human Rights
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May 01 2018

Civil War Valor, Two Portraits in Black

When it comes to Civil War heroes, we seldom think of sailors or black men. But two new biographies focus on black sailors who snatched ships from the Confederacy and delivered them to the Union against tremendous odds.  One sailor was 27-year-old William Tillman, a free black cook aboard the schooner S.J. Waring.  In the summer of 1861, soon after the war started, Tillman and his ship left New York for South America.  Eight other men were aboard, all of them white, according to Brian McGinty, author of Tillman’s biography, The Rest I...

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