Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era / Edition 1

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Inspired and informed by the latest research in African American, military, and social history, the fourteen original essays in this book tell the stories of the African American soldiers who fought for the Union cause.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Well written and well edited. Essential [for] every public and academic library.

"This superb anthology of interesting essays successfully raises interest in the role of African Americans during the Civil War.
(Military Heritage)"

"This book makes a worthy contribution, addressing the broad scope of emancipation and black military service.
(Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia, author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History)"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807855799
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,010,926
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Table of Contents

1 Let us all be grateful that we have colored troops that will fight 1
2 An ironic route to glory : Louisiana's native guards at Port Hudson 78
3 Battle on the levee : the fight at Milliken's Bend 107
4 The Battle of Olustee 136
5 The Fort Pillow massacre : assessing the evidence 150
6 From the crater to new market heights : a tale of two divisions 169
7 The battle of Saltville 200
8 The USCT in the Confederate heartland, 1864 227
9 Lorenzo Thomas and the recruitment of Blacks in the Mississippi Valley, 1863-1865 249
10 Proven themselves in every respect to be men : Black cavalry in the Civil War 276
11 In the shadow of John Brown : the military service of colonels Thomas Higginson, James Montgomery, and Robert Shaw in the department of the South 306
12 Henry McNeal Turner : Black chaplain in the Union army 336
13 A disturbance in the city : Black and White soldiers in postwar Charleston 361
14 USCT veterans in post-Civil War North Carolina 391
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