Lois Leveen


February 8, 2012

Sic Em

97 Days till Publication, and here's today's fact:

Sic 'em. Or really, *Sic Semper Tyrannis* 'em. This lovely Latin phrase is on the Virginia state seal. Which, as you might guess, is NOT what this photo depicts.
USCT 22d Battle Flag

This is an image of the regimental flag of the USCT 22d, a Pennsylvania unit. USCT stands for United States Colored Troops, the units in which African Americans served during the Civil War.

There are many lovely facts about the USCT to share . . . but I wanted to start with this one: the use of the same motto on the flag as on the Virginia state seal. Oh and of course that leaves-nothing-to-the-imagination image of a black soldier in uniform taking the Confederate prisoner at bayonet point. Which would have distressed Virginia's Confederate troop more?

The image was one of several USCT flags painted by the Philadelphia artist David Bustill Bowser.

Hmmm, Bowser, where have I heard that name before? Oh, but the relationship between David Bustill Bowser and Mary Bowser is definitely a story for another day. A day that is 96 days from now!

Tune in for another fascinating fact tomorrow . . .
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