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On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front

On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front

by James H. Gooding, James M. McPherson (Foreword by), Virginia M. Adams (Editor)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gooding belonged to the 54th Massachusetts, the black Union regiment celebrated in the film Glory ; here his wartime letters to the New Bedford (Mass.) Mercury are augmented with a foreword, annotations and appendixes. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gooding (1837-64) was an original member of the 54th Massachusetts, one of the first and most renowned of the Union's 166 black regiments in the Civil War. The 1989 movie Glory fascinated audiences with its account of the 54th's exploits, drawn mostly from letters of its young white commander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Gooding adds the sober strain of black manhood amid military monotony and the terrors and heroism of battle. His 48 pithy and poignant letters to the New Bedford Mercury begin in training camp in March 1863, move past Glory 's endpiece, the 54th's storming of Fort Wagner in Charleston, and stop with Gooding's death in battle in 1864. Adams ably augments the remarkable series of letters with an insightful introduction, fact-filled annotations, and appendixes that expand our understanding of the 54th's men, their place and time, and their war. Highly recommended for Civil War, military, and African American collections.-- Thomas J. Davis, Univ. at Buffalo, N.Y.
Gooding's letters to his hometown newspaper in New Bedford, Massachusetts from his enlistment in the US army in February 1863 to his capture a year later, provide a rare perspective of the war. Also includes his letters to Lincoln and others complaining of lower pay for blacks, and six poems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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