The Generosity of the U.S. Colored Troops
In the weeks after Charlotte Scott expressed her dream for a monument to the martyred President paid for solely by Black Americans, news of her proposal made its way to the United Stated Colored Troops stationed in Natchez, Mississippi. Their response was immediate and generous. In all, $12,150 was raised in short order by approximately 1,700 U. S. Colored Troops in and around Natchez, as well as freedmen living in Natchez.
6th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery
70th U.S. Colored Infantry
63rd U.S. Colored Infantry
58th U.S. Colored Infantry
Freedmen of Natchez
These funds represented a significant portion of the total fundraising of $18,000