The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: West Virginia University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Note on the Text
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Freedom’s Witness makes accessible to students and general in-terest readers the early writings of Henry McNeal Turner. It in-cludes the vast majority of Turner’s writings published between paper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, based in Phila-delphia, Pennsylvania, and focuses on those writings that demon-...
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The U.S. Civil War, like nearly all wars, presents the spectacle of an event of purely human creation, quickly generating its own tra-jectory and spin, pulling and pushing people to take actions they might have fiercely resisted or never imagined only a short time be-fore. The process of emancipation, so unanticipated and even un-...
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...spirit of his age. Born free but poor in South Carolina, he labored alongside slaves as a young boy. By the age of thirty, he had risen through the ranks of the Methodist Church and was appointed one of the first black chaplains of the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, he gained prominence, first as a politician in Georgia ...
Emancipation and Enlistment
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Turnernulls nullrsnulllenuller null the Christian Recorder was published President Lincoln’s March 6 message to Congress, where he rec-financial compensation to any state that would “adopt gradual abolishment of slavery.” Turner was skeptical of this “Message”; while many believed that it was a cause for “hope for a brighter ...
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Turner was appointed chaplain of the 1st U.S.C.T. in the fall of 1863, and joined his regiment on November 15. However, he was soon sidelined by several serious illnesses, including smallpox, which prevented him from accompanying them to the Virginia front until the spring of 1864. ...
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This nullnullnullnull ennullies, dating from January 7, 1865, to February 18, 1865, includes Turner’s accounts of the First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher (December 23–27, 1864 and January 13–15, 1865, re-spectively), which the historian Rod Gragg describes as “an expe-dition riddled with controversy.”1 Fort Fisher, sometimes referred ...
Freeing Slaves, Meeting Sherman
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...null nullebruary 18null, Turner was sent to North Carolina to help re-cruit newly freed slaves for the Union Army. While there, he also took the opportunity to recruit new members of the A.M.E. Church from these “great Southern fields.” On both fronts, Turner reveals Southerner, civilian and soldier. He shared the experiences of new-...
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...nullnullr nulle nullar, the Union troops that remained in the South be-came, in Edwin S. Redkey’s words, “the only official government in the ex-Confederate states.”1 Because the term of enlistment in the tered out at war’s end. However, because most of the black troops expected to continue their service. Thus a large number of black ...
About the Contributors
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Jean Lee Cole is an associate professor in the Department of English at Loyola University Maryland. She is the coeditor, with Charles Mitchell, of The Collected Plays of Zora Neale Hurston, and the author of The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity. ...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Edition: First Edition.
Series Title: Regenerations
Series Editor Byline: John Ernest and Joycelyn K. Moody