Black Brigade Helped Defend Cincinnati During Civil War
In 1862, during the Civil War, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky faced the likelihood of an invasion by Confederate troops. But the area was able to avoid a military confrontation, thanks to volunteers who came forward to defend the city and to help bolster its fortifications. Among those volunteers was a group of local African-Americans that came to be known as The Black Brigade. As part of the commemoration of Black History Month, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked about this historical episode with Richard Cooper, Interpretive Services Manager at Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.