PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE
The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a lecture by Edward Gantt (USN, RET.) the event will be held at 7 p.m., on April 11th, 2022 at the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN 37660.
The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a presentation by Capt. Edward Gantt (USN, Ret.)
The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a lecture on the contributions of the 23rd Infantry USCT in both Eastern and Western theaters of war by Capt. Edward Gantt (USN, Ret.)
The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a presentation by Capt. Edward Gantt (USN, Ret.) on “The United States Colored Troops in the Civil War – 23rd
Infantry USCT”. The 23rd Infantry USCT was formed and fought mainly in
Virginia as part of Union Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac. thousands
more soldiers in other regiments of United States Colored Troops fought elsewhere,
including thousands in Tennessee (including East Tennessee). Capt. Gantt will
address their contributions in both Eastern and Western theaters of war. The event
will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, 11 April, 2022, at the Renaissance Center
Theater 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN 37660. The presentation is free and
open to all and the general public is cordially invited to attend.
“Edward W. Gantt born in Fairmount Heights, Maryland and educated in the Washington, D.C. public school system. Upon graduating high school in June 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He spent most of the next three years as a helicopter crew member, including a twelve-month tour in South Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner and crew chief.”
“In 1974, he enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he studied
Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduating in May 1977, he entered the Naval
Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in Pensacola, Florida and was
awarded his Naval Flight Officer “Wings of Gold” the following year. He served
in a number of F-14 TOMCAT squadrons based in Virginia Beach, VA and San
Diego, CA, including a tour as Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 31 at
Naval Air Station Miramar, California, at that time the home of Top Gun.
In July 2000, Captain Gantt took command of the Recruit Training Command,
the Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes, IL. At the Navy’s only Boot Camp, he was
responsible for the development of nearly 50,000 sailors annually. He retired
from the Navy in September 2003 after 30 years of active service and began a
new career as a high school teacher in the Washington, DC area.
In the spring of 2014, he began an association with the 23rd Infantry Regiment
U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Civil War re-enactors and living historians. He
currently serves as president of the reformed 23rd Regiment USCT, based in
Individuals wishing to dine with Capt. Gantt at 5:00pm Monday at The Chop House (1704 N. Eastman Rd., Kingsport) may request reservations by contacting Wayne Strong
Admission to the event is free, and the general public is cordially invited. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong