U.S. Colored Troops of East Tennessee
African Americans played a significant role in the Civil War. These soldiers joined the Union Army under the U.S. Colored Troops regiments, and one such soldier was Frank Bradford, who joined the Union Navy on August 7, 1864, at the age of 33. Mr. Bradford was born in Rodgersville, Tennessee, and before he joined the navy he was a farmer. As a 3rd Class boy in the Union Navy, Mr. Bradford was stationed on the USS Conemaugh and USS Richmond. Mr. Bradford is but one of many African Americans from East Tennessee who joined the cause of the Union. For more information on Mr. Bradford and what life was like for the many soldiers like him, you can view this short presentation created by Jeff Bristol, a student a Carson-Newman. We are in the process of compiling information on Mr. Bradford and others like him. If you have any information regarding this topic, please contact us.