By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Army existence in a Black Regiment has a few declare to be the easiest written narrative to come back from the Union [side] in the course of the Civil conflict. Higginson's photograph of the conflict which used to be the beginning of "praise the Lord and go the ammunition" and his examining of the Emancipation Proclamation to the black regiment are unsurpassed for eloquence." — historian Henry Steele Commager
Originally a sequence of essays, this crucial quantity was once written through a Union colonel from New England, in command of African-American troops education at the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas. a full of life and special wartime diary, the booklet bargains a clean portrait of lifestyles within the Union military from an officer's standpoint, recording reviews of different commanders and taking pictures the uncooked humor that develops one of the males in strive against. Higginson's descriptions of the warriors, exercises of camp lifestyles, and southern landscapes are unforgettable, as is the account of his close to break out from a cannon ball.
An strange historic record meant to introduce new generations of readers to an American earlier that are supposed to now not be forgotten, Army existence in a Black Regiment will be necessary to scholars of Black heritage and the yankee Civil War.
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