Fort Marion, St. Augustine, occupied by Union troops. Photo by Samual A. Cooley

Baptists and the American Civil War: August 13, 1864

St. Augustine, Florida has been under Union control since March 1862. Along with Beaufort, South Carolina and environs, St. Augustine serves as a Northern-controlled freemen’s colony, providing opportunities for former slaves — or contrabands¬†(the wartime term for slaves freed by the Union Army) — to receive basic education, learn trades and acquire farming skills. Leading…

Map of Virginia 1860s

Baptists and the American Civil War: July 8, 1864

The First Baptist Church West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, an African American congregation, traces its beginnings to March 16, 1863. That was the day that some 800 black members of the Charlottesville Baptist Church petitioned the church’s white leaders to allow them to form their own congregation. Today their request is finally granted, and the…