2nd Infantry Regiment United State Colored Troops Living History Association



The 2nd Infantry Regiment United State Colored Troops Living History Association was established in partnership with the John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture and the Natural Bridge Historical Society to represent the 2nd and 99th Regiments of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) who fought at the Battle of Natural Bridge.  The story of these brave soldiers and the civilians that supported them had gone untold for more than the 33 years of reenacting the Battle of Natural Bridge.  The participation of the Association assures a more authentic and accurate account of the battle as it occurred on March 6, 1865.  Since its inception in February 2010, the Association has expanded its role to include year-round educational, cultural and historical programming.  Our membership reflects men, women and children, from various walks of life who have come together to promote the African-American perspective of the Civil War. 









To Preserve, Protect, Educate, Promote, and Interpret the accomplishments of the original soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Regiment USCT , their families, and the countless others who supported the fight for freedom for all Americans.



Reenacting the Past with Hope of Shaping the Future



Battle Reenactments  -  Living History Demonstrations  -  Lectures

Research  -  Educational Programming




The Essay Contest is open to any student grades 6 through 12.



    Prizes will be awarded as follows:

    • Middle School – Grades 6-8

      • First Place – $100

      • Second Place – $50

      • Third Place – $25


    • High School – Grades 9-12

      • First Place – $200

      • Second Place – $100

      • Third Place – $50



    The United States has been involved in many wars throughout history, but none like the Civil War.  The freedom of African Americans was a main theme of the war.  A true turning point was the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation which did not reach Florida until two years after its initial signing.  The ideas expressed in this historical document continue to resonate throughout this country and state even today.

  • Contestants will write an essay on the following theme:

    • What role did the Emancipation Proclamation play in securing the freedoms that citizens enjoy today?



    The essay must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be an original work with limited guidance from others.

    • Must written in English and submitted as a Word or Word-friendly document.

    • Must contain at least 300 words but no more than 750 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, biographical information, or any footnotes.

    •  Must properly identify any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay.  Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification. 

    • Must properly footnote any incorporated facts or other verifiable details.  Wikipedia is not an acceptable source.

    • Must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form and received no later than May 4, 2018.

    • No identifying information (such as writer’s name) should be on the page(s) of the actual essay or included in the content of the essay.


    Essays will be judged on the following:

    • Organization and Structure (40 points)

      • Is the essay well organized?

      • Does the essay include references from various sources 

    • Effectiveness (25 points)

      • Does the writer provide a clear understanding of the topic?

      • To what extent did the writer present his/her point of view?

      • Do the references included support the writer’s position or further define the topic?

    • Literary style, grammar and spelling (30 points)

      • Does the writer use proper sentence structure, grammar and spelling.

      • For each criterion listed above, judges will score the essay on a scale for each category.   

    • Proper Submission of the Essay Package (5 points) 

    • Total score possible per judge is 100 points.


Winners will be announced on May 12, 2018 during the “Walk Through Living History Day in the Park” at the Speed Spencer Stevens Park located at 1907 Saxon Street, Tallahassee, FL.

All essays will be displayed in the park on that day.  Contestants are asked to be present in the park from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



2ND Infantry Regiment U.S.C.T. Living History Association

Post Office Box 6912

Tallahassee, Florida 32314

ATTN:  Essay Committee