Our sub-series Beyond the Blue and gray is where we discuss the histories, uniforms, traditions, and culture of the unique companies and regiments of the war. Today we’ll be looking at the First Defenders. The men who saved Washington in those Early days of the war. And we will be looking at Nicholas Biddle, an African American who is said to be the first man to shed blood for the Union. Joining me is renowned Park Ranger John Hoptak who has written a fantastic book in these brave men.
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