Abraham Galloway

I so enjoy history and Black History month is the perfect time to introduce my readers to historic figures that are left out of the history books.

This post is about one of those people….Abraham Galloway.

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.

Galloway was born 185 years ago, on Feb. 8, 1837, in a small fishing village on the Cape Fear River. He and his mother were enslaved; Abraham worked as a brick mason. At age 20, he escaped to Philadelphia and then Canada by hiding in the hold of a ship carrying barrels of turpentine, tar and rosin. He traveled to Haiti to join revolutionaries planning an attack on the American South that never materialized.

Galloway became one of the Union’s most trusted spies.

When the Union planned to invade the North Carolina coast, Galloway was the perfect insider to scout the coastline for the best landings.


Yet another person left out of our history lessons…..this person deserves more recognition that the educational system is willing to give.

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8 thoughts on “Abraham Galloway

  1. Thanks, Chuq! Informative and educational, as always. You’re right, he was left out of anything that I was taught.

    Hope you’re well, my friend!

      1. We’re hanging in there, thanks. I was talking just the other day about the old “Pacifica Nation” forum where we all met. Great times there and even better friends. I miss those days. I chat a few times a week with “Coyote”. Funny how usernames stick in our minds, eh?

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