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Recounting the experiences of black soldiers in the Civil War

 

In the ten probing essays collected in this volume, Howard C. Westwood recounts the often bitter experiences of black men who were admitted to military service and the wrenching problems associated with the shifting status of African Americans during the Civil War.

Black Troops, White Commanders, and Freedmen during the Civil War covers topics ranging from the roles played by Lincoln and Grant in beginning black soldiery to the sensitive issues that arose when black soldiers (and their white officers) were captured by the Confederates. The essays relate the exploits of black heroes such as Robert Smalls, who singlehandedly captured a Confederate steamer, as well as the experiences of the ignoble Reverend Fountain Brown, who became the first person charged with violating the Emancipation Proclamation.

Although many thousands were enlisted as soldiers, blacks were barred from becoming commissioned officers and for a long time they were paid far less than their white counterparts. These and other blatant forms of discrimination understandably provoked discontent among black troops which, in turn, sparked friction with their white commanders. Westwood's fascinating account of the artillery company from Rhode Island amply demonstrates how frustrations among black soldiers came to be seen as "mutiny" by some white officers.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. Lincoln's Position on Black Enlistments
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. Grant's Role in Beginning Black Soldiery
  2. pp. 21-36
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  1. 3. Benjamin Butler's Enlistment of Black Troops in New Orleans in 1862
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. 4. Generals David Hunter and Rufus Saxton and Black Soldiers
  2. pp. 55-73
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  1. 5. Mr Smalls: A Personal Adventure
  2. pp. 74-85
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  1. 6. Captive Black Union Soldiers in Charleston-What to Do?
  2. pp. 86-105
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  1. 7. Sherman Marched-and Proclaimed "Land for the Landless"
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. 8. The Cause and Consequence of a Union Black Soldier's Mutiny and Execution
  2. pp. 125-141
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  1. 9. Company A of Rhode Island's Black Regiment: Its Enlisting, Its "Mutiny," Its Pay, Its Service
  2. pp. 142-166
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  1. 10. The Reverend Fountain Brown: Alleged Violator of the Emancipation Proclamation
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Author Bios
  2. p. 190
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809386963
Related ISBN
9780809328819
MARC Record
OCLC
551503945
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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