"Oh, praise an' tanks! De Lord he come
To set de people free;
An' massa tink it day ob doom,
An we ob jubilee."
During the American Civil War more than 2,000 regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery mustered to fight in the conflict. Re-discover a regiment very little is known about: The first black regiment in the Union Army, the first to fight against Confederate soldiers and the first to be brigaded with white regiments-the 1st South Carolina Volunteers.
About the Author
JOHN SAUCER received a B.A. in History from the University of Florida. He received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry of the U.S. Army and served in the Federal Republic of Germany for three years where he was promoted to captain. Born and raised in Ocala, Florida, he has worked on this book for 17 years.
Table of Contents
1 A White Man's War? 17
2 The Reason for a "Colored" Regiment 28
3 Hunter's Regiment 34
4 Rise of the Volunteers 63
5 Lead up to Emancipation 77
6 Return to Action 91
7 Raid in Rebeldom 100
8 The Volunteers get their Colonel 115
9 Battle of the Hundred Pine 140
10 Raid up the St. Mary's 164
11 After Action 177
12 Next Mission 188
13 Combat on the St. John's 204
14 Stalemate and Reinforcement 224
15 Retrograde or Retreat? 243
16 What their Blood Bought 265