Honor in Command: Lt. Freeman S. Bowley's Civil War Service in the 30th United States Colored Infantry

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This memoir by Freeman Sparks Bowley, a young white officer who served as a lieutenant in a regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in the Union Army, is the work of a superb storyteller who describes how his Civil War experiences transformed him from a callow youth into an honorable man. Describing in detail his relationship with the men in his company, Bowley extols the role of black soldiers and their officers in the Union victory.

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Overview

This memoir by Freeman Sparks Bowley, a young white officer who served as a lieutenant in a regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in the Union Army, is the work of a superb storyteller who describes how his Civil War experiences transformed him from a callow youth into an honorable man. Describing in detail his relationship with the men in his company, Bowley extols the role of black soldiers and their officers in the Union victory.

            Bowley’s service in the Union Army began when his regiment joined Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign. His courage was tested at the battles of the Wilderness and the Crater. Captured at the Crater, Bowley spent seven months in prison in Columbia, South Carolina. Paroled in March 1865, he rejoined his regiment to serve in the army of the occupation in the coastal regions of North Carolina and was mustered out of military service in December 1865. His memoir is an invaluable record of the fighting capabilities of black soldiers during the Battle of the Crater and the strategies they employed to cope with racism and adapt to military life. It is also a detailed account of the social dynamics of prison life.

            Editor Keith Wilson’s three introductory essays historically position the coming of age narrative as a significant account of race relations in the Union Army and explore Bowley’s developing sense of manhood and honor, offering a unique perspective to Civil War scholars and history buffs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813029986
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/2/2006
  • Series: New Perspectives on the History of the South
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith P. Wilson is a lecturer of history and deputy head of the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences at Monash University in Australia. He is the author of Campfires of Freedom: The Camp Life of Black Soldiers During the Civil War.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures     xi
List of Maps     xiii
Foreword   John David Smith     xv
Preface and Acknowledgments     xix
Editorial Method     xxi
Chronology     xxiii
List of Abbreviations     xxvii
Introduction     1
A Commission in a Black Regiment     45
Joining the 30th United States Colored Infantry in the Field     54
On the March     75
Picket Duty at Petersburg, Virginia     94
In the Petersburg Trenches     111
The Crater     119
A Prisoner of War     142
A Journey into Captivity     152
The Richland Jail, Columbia, South Carolina     164
Camp Asylum, Columbia, South Carolina     178
The Confederacy in Retreat     196
Paroled and Home in Worcester, Massachusetts     205
With the Regiment in North Carolina     219
Appendix     237
Notes     241
Bibliography     269
Index     279
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