Visit the site of the first engagement of African American troops during the Civil War. Learn about the regiment that made U.S. history on a short walking trail.
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The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat, nearly a year before the battle depicted in the film Glory. Battle of Island Mound State Historic site encompasses Fort Africa, where the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry were camped in 1862 before a pitched battle with pro-Confederate forces near a low hill named Island Mound.
Walk the interpretive trail loop and learn about this battle as well as the effect that the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry has on later Union decisions to allow African-American units to fight. A memorial monument and interpretive kiosk explain the battle and a .6 mile long trail includes interpretive panels; there is also a picnic shelter, picnic pads and vault toilet and water faucets and taps.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Come celebrate summer’s arrival by joining a park naturalist for a leisurely stroll around the Battle of Island Mound’s 0.6 mile Courage Trail while learning about the... details>>
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about park services... details>>
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Men of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry & Their Stories: The Battle of Island Mound was only the first of many fights for the men of the 1st KCVI. Come hear about... details>>