Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers / Edition 1

Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers / Edition 1

by Joseph T. Glatthaar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807125601

ISBN-13: 2900807125600

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the conflict, began to recruit black solders. This revolutionary policy gave 180,000 free blacks and former slaves the opportunity to prove themselves on the battlefield as part of the United States Colored Troops. By the…  See more details below

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Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the conflict, began to recruit black solders. This revolutionary policy gave 180,000 free blacks and former slaves the opportunity to prove themselves on the battlefield as part of the United States Colored Troops. By the end of the war, 37,000 in their ranks had given their lives for the cause of freedom." "In Forged in Battle, award-winning historian Joseph T. Glatthaar dramatically re-creates the events that gave these troops and their 7,000 white officers justifiable pride in their contributions to the Union victory and hope of equality in the years to come. Unfortunately, as Glatthaar poignantly demonstrates, memory of the United States Colored Troops' heroic sacrifices soon faded behind the prejudice that would plague the armed forces for another century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900807125600
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
392

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1Breaking Down the Resistance1
2The White Man's War11
3Recruiting the Officers35
4Filling the Ranks61
5Coping with Racism81
6Training and Discipline99
7Proving Their Valor121
8Leaving Their Mark on the Battlefield143
9Prejudice in the Service169
10Army of Occupation207
11Life After the USCT231
App. 1: Statistics Samples265
App. 2Congressional Medal of Honor Winners in the USCT275
App. 3Black Officers in the Union Army279
Notes281
Bibliography339
Index361

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