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From the Publisher"A valuable contribution to the growing body of literature on the African American experience during the Civil War era. . . . Yield[s] fresh insights into some neglected areas of the black soldiers' experience."
-American Historical Review
"The first state study of African American soldiers in the Union Army. . . . Promises new research possibilities beyond the traditional view of patriotic black troops sacrificing for the Union. . . . Recommended."
"An admirable addition to our knowledge of a cross-section of black regiments."
-America's Civil War
"A welcome contrast to the usual regimental-level studies of Blacks in union uniforms."
"Provides a new understanding of the spectrum of the black experience during the Civil War."
"Expands the understanding of state soldiers. . . . Some fine illustrations; the bibliography lists major works on black soldiers in blue. . . . Recommended."
"This well-researched and well-argued book should stand as the definitive history of North Carolina's four black regiments in the Civil War."
-John David Smith, University of North Carolina at Charlotte