African American Civil War

Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The African American Civil War Memorial has as its centerpiece a bronze sculpture, The Spirit of Freedom, by sculptor Ed Hamilton and is surrounded by numerous stainless steel panels listing all 209,145 colored soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Among them also are the names of their commanding officers who were white, including the name of Second Lieutenant C. Carlo DeRudio who is listed on panel A5.

Close up of two soldiers.

The Spirit of Freedom.

The panel, A-5 listing the members of Company D 2nd U.S. Colored Troops (USCT)

Close up of C. Carlo DeRudio's name. The C. acknowledges his title as a Count.