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The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom (Civil War America)
In the Peninsula Campaign of spring 1862, Union general George B. McClellan failed in his plan to capture the Confederate capital and bring a quick end to the conflict. But the campaign saw something new in the war--the participation of African Americans in ways that were critical to the Union offensive. Ultimately, that participation influenced Lincoln's decision to issue ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by The University of North Carolina Press
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I think "The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation", by Glenn David Brasher, would have been an excellent 150 page book, but is less satisfying as a 300 page book. Mr. Brasher describes the various ways in which Southern slaves proved helpful to Union troops in the Peninsula Campaign in Virginia early in the Civil War. In making his point(s) however, Mr. Brasher overwhelms the reader with repetitive references to various newspapers, long forgotten soldiers, and numerous politici ...more