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Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War
A nearly forgotten Civil War episode is restored to history in this masterful account.In March 1863, nine hundred black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. They were among the first African American troops in the Northern army, and their expedition into enemy territory was like no other in the Civil War. It was inte ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published July 1st 2008)
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A pretty interesting book about two black regiments of the Union army that aren’t as well known as others, such as Robert Shaw’s more famous 54th Massachusetts. The author indicates that the capture of Jacksonville and the related raids carried out by the regiments had much greater military significance than was considered at the time. Basically, his case is that the moderate success of the mission heavily influenced the decision for the full-scale employment of black soldiers to go ahead. The e ...more
During the American Civil War the enlistment of black regiments was finally approved after the Emancipation Proclaimation as the North started suffering manpower shortages. This work discusses two of the early black regiments, exploring service, motivation, and the physics of the commanders and men. It traces their organization in South Carolina to service in Florida. A good addition to the library of the Civl War buff.