By Edwin S. Redkey
The Civil warfare stands brilliant within the collective reminiscence of the yank public. There has continually been a profound curiosity within the topic, and particularly of Blacks' participation in and reactions to the conflict and the war's consequence. nearly 200,000 African-American infantrymen fought for the Union within the Civil conflict. even if so much have been illiterate ex-slaves, numerous thousand have been good knowledgeable, unfastened black males from the northern states. The 129 letters during this assortment have been written via black squaddies within the Union military through the Civil warfare to black and abolitionist newspapers. they supply a special expression of the black voice that was once intended for a public discussion board. The letters inform of the men's studies, their fears, and their hopes. They describe intimately their military days--the pleasure of strive against and the drudgery of digging trenches. a few letters provide bright descriptions of conflict; others protest racism; nonetheless others name eloquently for civil rights. Many describe their conviction that they're scuffling with not just to loose the slaves yet to earn equivalent rights as electorate. those letters provide a unprecedented photo of the struggle and in addition demonstrate the brilliant expectancies, hopes, and eventually the calls for that black infantrymen had for the future--for themselves and for his or her race. As first-person files of the Civil conflict, the letters are robust statements of the yank dream of justice and equality, and of the human spirit.
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Extra info for A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army 1861-1865
Our armies will defeat the rebels, and hang slavery; a just Administration will execute the monster, and the good news and glad tidings will be borne by the many gallant ones to all parts of the Christian world; but the glory will belong to God! The abolition of slavery is rapidly progressing, South - it is in the natural course of events, and must be; for wherever the Federal Army goes, the so-called master dies, and the slaves, once chattels, are transformed into men! We have especial cause to be pleased with our commander - Gen.
He was beloved by all who knew him. His name was John Thompson, and he was attached to the 24th Regiment Mass. Volunteers, and when at home, resided with his mother, at 11 Myrtle street, Boston; he was accidentally shot with a pistol bullet, which passed completely through his body, and he died the same afternoon. The young man who shot him was one of his comrades, and this fact rendered the fact more painful. His funeral took place on the morning of the 27th. It was largely attended by delegates from the several regiments attached to the divisions, and the burial service, which was conducted by the chaplain of the 24th Regiment, was very imposing.
O. Jennings Wise, son of Gen. ] Wise is one of our prisoners, and he is mortally wounded. LETTER 6 (William H. Johnson, 8th Connecticut Infantry, Roanoke Island, North Carolina, February 10, 1862; P&P, February 27, 1862) Since Saturday, everybody here has been in a perfect state of excitement, and up to this morning I have not had an opportunity to examine the field of battle, and its surroundings; but now that I have done so, I will endeavor to give you a faint idea of things as they are here, and then you will be able to appreciate the importance of our victory.
A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army 1861-1865 by Edwin S. Redkey