Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||David Bustill Bowser|
|Context||Regiments had unique battle flags, African-American units formed after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation at the outset of 1863.|
|Audience||Soldiers and anyone else who viewed the regiment|
|Purpose||To inspire the soldiers and to communicate what the regiment was fighting for|
Born in Philadelphia early in 1820, David Bustill Bowser received a much better education than most African Americans and began studying art in 1831. He made a living as a barber, and then, in the 1840s, began earning money as a painter. He also became a civil rights advocate.
In 1863 he was asked to design flags for newly formed African American regiments training at Camp Penn, banners that would be carried into battle.