Army Life in a Black Regiment

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a Unitarian minister, was a fervent member of New England's abolitionist movement, an active participant in the Underground Railroad, and part of a group that supplied material aid to John Brown before his ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry. When the Civil War broke out, Higginson was commissioned as a colonel of the black troops training in the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas. Shaped by American Romanticism and imbued with Higginson's interest in both man and nature, Army Life...
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Overview

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a Unitarian minister, was a fervent member of New England's abolitionist movement, an active participant in the Underground Railroad, and part of a group that supplied material aid to John Brown before his ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry. When the Civil War broke out, Higginson was commissioned as a colonel of the black troops training in the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas. Shaped by American Romanticism and imbued with Higginson's interest in both man and nature, Army Life in a Black Regiment ranges from detailed reports on daily life to a vivid description of the author's near escape from cannon fire, to sketches that conjure up the beauty and mystery of the Sea Islands.
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Higginson was a Union colonel in charge of training black troops during the Civil War. He provides the officer's perspective on these recruits in a series of essays published in 1870. His observations range from camp life to a treatise on "The Negro as a Soldier." Though the book is not out of print, Dover's version is the most affordable edition currently available. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436211
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) was an American Unitarian minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying himself with disunion and militant abolitionism. During the Civil War, he served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first federally authorized African-American regiment, from 1862-1864. Following the war, Higginson devoted much of the rest of his life to fighting for the rights of freed slaves, women and other disfranchised peoples.
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Table of Contents

Introduction by R.D. Madison Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Texts

Army Life in a Black Regiment
CHAPTER I. Introductory
CHAPTER II. Camp Diary
CHAPTER III. Up the St. Mary's
CHAPTER IV. Up the St. John's
CHAPTER V. Out on Picket
CHAPTER VI. A Night in the Water
CHAPTER VII. Up the Edisto
CHAPTER VIII. The Baby of the Regiment
CHAPTER IX. Negro Spirituals
CHAPTER X. Life at Camp Shaw
CHAPTER XI. Florida Again?
CHAPTER XII. The Negro as a Soldier
CHAPTER XIII. Conclusion

APPENDIX
A. Roster of Officers B. The First Black Soldiers C. General Saxton's Instructions D. The Struggle for Pay E. Farewell Address

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Good read, bad copy

    Me and my ife began to read this and were dissappointed at how garbled te writing was. Maybe i have a bad copy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Great Read!

    This is an awesome glimpse of history that was recorded while it was happening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Great Read!

    This is an awesome historical account of history that was recorded while it was happening! Anyone who loves history or more precisely Civil War history will love this! I couldn't put it down!

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