Zina B. Chatfield - 4th Minnesota

Source: Natchez National Historical Park

As Natchez National Historical Park makes plans to acquire the Forks of the Road and develop an interpretive plan for the site, the park staff continues to research the history of the 58th U. S. Colored Infantry. Many of the men who comprised the 58th, only a few short years earlier, had been sold out of the pens at the second-largest slave market in the South. They also helped demolish those structures in the fall of 1863. Recently, we came across this image of Zina B. Chatfield of the 4th Minnesota. White officers from other units were recruited to serve in the recently created USCT. Natchez Photographer N. H. Black produced this carte-de-visite of the Minnesotan in his Main Street studio during Chatfield's time in Natchez as an officer with Company F of the 58th. This image is in the collection of the Tennessee State Library.


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