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Historical Society Lunch & Learn

February 15, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Forgotten Black Soldiers at the Battle of New Bern
Presented by Historical Society Historian Claudia Houston

The question has been asked many times over the years – did Black soldiers fight at the Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862? Not possible, right? After all, the US Colored Troops weren’t formed until 1863. Though scant documentation exists, Historian Claudia Houston has followed elusive threads of evidence of Blacks who joined Union ranks prior to Emancipation and the formation of the Colored Troops. Her fascinating program will answer the question with a resounding “yes.” Claudia will introduce William Henry Johnson, an independent man of color who did, indeed, fight for the Union at the Battle of New Bern.

Let’s dine and discover together over a great lunch from The Chelsea Restaurant!

Prepaid reservations required. Cost is $24 for Historical Society members and $27 for nonmembers, which includes your meal, drinks, service, and gratuity. Entree choices are Blackened Mahi with Ginger Cream ~ or ~ Chicken New Berne with Sherry Cream Sauce. Both are served with rice pilaf, green beans, strawberry layer cake, rolls, iced tea, and coffee. Cash bar is also available.

For more details, visit newbernhistorical.org.


Carolina Colours Pavilion
3300 Waterscape Way
New Bern, NC 28562 United States
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