The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army / Edition 1

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A bona fide classic, the Sable Arm was the first work to fully chronicle the remarkable story of the nearly 180,000 black troops who served in the Union army. Hailed by such distinguished historians as T. Harry Williams ("superbly written") and George B. Tindall ("a volume of permanent value"), this work paved the way for the exploration of the black military experience in other wars. The present edition, with a new foreword and bibliographical essay, makes available once again a pioneering work that will be especially useful for scholars and students of Civil War, black, and military history.

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Editorial Reviews

Civil War History
A path-breaking work . . . written with grace and clarity. . . . After a period of thirty years, during which it has been read, cited, and used as a model, The Sable Arm has achieved the richly deserved status of a classic. Much of what is today considered conventional knowledge about the role of blacks in the Civil War can be traced to this pioneering study.
Civil War Times Illustrated
One of the one hundred best books ever written on the Civil War.
Civil War Book Exchange
This classic book will provide a whole new generation of Civil War enthusiasts with a better understanding of this integral part of the war's history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700603282
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 841,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Herman Hattaway



1. "We are ready and would go . . ."

2. "The ultras in their eagerness have spoilt all."

3. "And who better to begin the work . . ."

4. "Soon have an army."

5. "No man can hender me."

6. "The very air seemed to be filled with obstacles."

7. "I am here to raise as many regiments of blacks as I can."

8. "But the high soul burns on . . ."

9. "The difficulty is not in stating the principle . . ."

10. "There seems to be inequality and injustice . . ."

11. ". . . taking life and honor in their hands . . ."

12. "We looks like men a-marchin' on . . ."

13. ". . . even the slave becomes a man . . ."

Notes on Sources

Critical Bibliography

Bibliographical Update


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