Abraham Galloway is a Civil War Hero You Should Know About

Engraved portrait of Abraham Galloway from William Still’s The Underground Railroad, published in 1872. | William Still’s ‘The Underground Railroad,’ 1872

He has been compared to James Bond and Malcolm X, though his name has largely been left out of the history books.

Abraham Galloway was an African American who escaped enslavement in North Carolina, became a Union spy during the Civil War and recruited Black soldiers to fight with the North. That’s the short version. The fuller picture would include his work as a revolutionary and being one of the first African Americans elected to the North Carolina Senate.