Peter Brace Brigade veterans honored in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The ancestors of Springfield’s African-American Civil War veterans honored their forefathers on Sunday at the Springfield Armory Gun Museum.

It was standing room only for the Black History Month program honoring the men of the Peter Brace Brigade that went to war against the Confederacy as part of the Massachusetts contingent.

Ronald Brace of Springfield told 22News he is proud of his lineage.

“We named our troops the Peter Brace Brigade after my great-great uncle Peter Brace who had fought in the Civil War,” said Brace.

“It’s important to celebrate our contributions to the Civil War and the significance of the Civil War as it led to the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Springfield Stone Soul Soldier Jay Griffin.

The military re-enactments honoring the Peter Brace Brigade takes place during the Stone Soul Observance Picnic every year during the Labor Day weekend at Springfield’s Blunt Park.

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