A Look at the United States 101st Colored Infantry and the Free Life of John Sullivan



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Kansas State University. Dept. of History. Chapman Center for Rural Studies


Phil Cunningham provides a bio-sketch of former African American Union soldier John Sullivan, who farmed in southern Wabaunsee County in the 1880s. A member of the 101st Tennessee Colored Infantry, formed in western Tennessee to support the Union cause, Sullivan and fellow veterans endured the violence of Reconstruction. Sullivan, the son of a slave and a plantation owner, migrated to Kansas and became a successful homesteader and community member. A group of Tennessee black Union soldiers is buried in Eskridge Cemetery. The author includes interviews with descendents and an analysis and photos of Sullivan's headstone insignia.



African American, Wabaunsee County, Black soldiers, Eskridge