The Black Phalanx: African American Soldiers in the War of Independence, the War of 1812, and the Civil War

The Black Phalanx: African American Soldiers in the War of Independence, the War of 1812, and the Civil War

by Joseph T. Wilson, Dudley Taylor Cornish
     
 

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Joseph T. Wilson was not only a historian of the fighting black spirit in the Civil War, but was one of its soldiers. His fellow veterans recruited him to write a complete and accurate record of the great struggles for liberty and union borne by African Americans. The result was The Black Phalanx, a book rich in anecdotes, eyewitness accounts, and previously

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Joseph T. Wilson was not only a historian of the fighting black spirit in the Civil War, but was one of its soldiers. His fellow veterans recruited him to write a complete and accurate record of the great struggles for liberty and union borne by African Americans. The result was The Black Phalanx, a book rich in anecdotes, eyewitness accounts, and previously overlooked facts. This classic includes succinct, compelling accounts of African Americans in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, men who fought and died for freedom they could not enjoy. The body of the book examines every aspect of black service in the Civil War: the "revolutionary" decision to arm captured black soldiers, and the efforts to recruit troops; the training of black Union regiments; and battles they fought, including the assault on Fort Wagner, the siege of Petersburg, and the fall of Richmond. African Americans spilled blood in every theater of war, from Arkansas to Virginia, and The Black Phalanx is Wilson's spirited history of those soldiers whose valor was denied until it was proven in carnage and victory.

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In 1887, Wilson offered this first history of the role of the African American soldier in the the War of Independence, the War of 1812, and the Civil War in which he himself served. This edition contains a new foreword by scholar Dudley Taylor Cornish. An important volume for all American history collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306805509
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/22/1994
Edition description:
1st Da Capo Press ed
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph T. Wilson (1836–1891) participated in the Port Hudson campaign in Louisinan, and was wounded in the grim Battle of Olustee in Florida.

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