I wish you all the luck on this one. We see far too few African-Americans in the hobby, be they soldiers, slaves, or civilians. I know that there's a small organization out here in Ohio, the 5th USCT that you might be able to contact with any questions.
Again, good luck!
-GG grandson of Cpl Christian Greener, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, Co. F
-Rob Weaver is my guru:
-"...one of the characteristics of a good reenactor is the willingness to not be bulletproof."
-"Be more concerned with your own impression than with anyone else's."
-"Be a joyful and competent warrior and other reenactors will want to be around you."