By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Army lifestyles in a Black Regiment has a few declare to be the easiest written narrative to return from the Union [side] through the Civil battle. Higginson's photograph of the conflict which was once the beginning of "praise the Lord and go the ammunition" and his studying of the Emancipation Proclamation to the black regiment are unsurpassed for eloquence." — historian Henry Steele Commager
Originally a sequence of essays, this crucial quantity used to be 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 designated wartime diary, the publication deals a clean portrait of lifestyles within the Union military from an officer's standpoint, recording evaluations of alternative commanders and shooting the uncooked humor that develops one of the males in strive against. Higginson's descriptions of the warriors, workouts of camp lifestyles, and southern landscapes are unforgettable, as is the account of his close to break out from a cannon ball.
An strange ancient record meant to introduce new generations of readers to an American previous that are meant to now not be forgotten, Army lifestyles in a Black Regiment will be important to scholars of Black heritage and the yankee Civil War.
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