Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Some years ago, while working on North Carolina’s black Civil War soldiers, I made use of the extensive Burt Green Wilder Papers at Cornell University, including Wilder’s Civil War “diary.” The author’s account of life in the 55th Massachusetts during the early summer of 1863 certainly allowed me to better understand life in General Edward A. Wild’s ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-46

... immediately following the outbreak of the American Civil War, young black men across the Northern states attempted to volunteer to fight against the Confederacy. Given widespread white racism, however, the government was unwilling in 1861 to use black troops. Just two weeks after Fort Sumter surrendered, Secretary of War Simon Cameron announced that “this Department has no intention to call into the service of the Government any ...

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The Civil War Diary of Burt Green Wilder, 1863-1865

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pp. 47-262

1. In June 1862, Wilder had entered the U.S. Army Hospital at Judiciary Square in Washington as an acting cadet. After three months of studying with Dr. Brown, he passed the required examinations to become a medical cadet. He was later detailed for special duty under surgeon John H. Brinton, “then engaged upon the Surgical History of the War. The Judiciary Square Hospital was one of the new pavilion-style hospitals built in 1862 at the ...

A Selected Bibliography of B. G. Wilder

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pp. 263-274

Index

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pp. 275-282