There is a serious error in the blog post just below and the error is mine. I do apologize.
The name of the book by Chris Tabor should be Skirmish at Island Mound.
An Associated Press article on Friday reported:
"African-American troops engaged in combat as an organized fighting force for the first time this week 150 years ago in the Civil War. The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment repelled a Confederate unit while skirmishing with the rebels at Island Mound in Missouri on Oct. 29, 1862. It was among the first of the black regiments to be organized."