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Black soldiers / blue uniforms : the story of the First South Carolina Volunteers

Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Publisher: Tucson, AZ : Fireship Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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During the Civil War over 170,000 "colored" troops served in the Union Army. While there were two earlier attempts at getting an all black unit started, the first one to be officially recognized by the U.S. government was the First South Carolina Volunteers. While the unit was all black and composed of former slaves, the officers, by decree of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, had to be all white. The first commanding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Wentworth Higginson
ISBN: 9781934757710 1934757713
OCLC Number: 430813541
Notes: "This work is based on the 1870 edition of 'ArmyLife in a Black Regiment' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co."--Title page verso.
Description: 217 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introductory --
Camp diary --
Up the St. Mary's --
Up the St. John's --
Out on picket --
A night in the water --
Up the Edisto --
The baby of the regiment --
Negro spirituals --
Life at Camp Shaw --
Florida again? --
The Negro as a soldier --
Conclusion --
Appendix A. Roster of officers --
Appendix B. The first black soldiers --
Appendix C. General Saxton's instructions --
Appendix D. The struggle for pay --
Appendix E. Farewell address of Lt. Col. Trowbridge.
Responsibility: Thomas Higginson.

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During the Civil War over 170,000 "colored" troops served in the Union Army. While there were two earlier attempts at getting an all black unit started, the first one to be officially recognized by the U.S. government was the First South Carolina Volunteers. While the unit was all black and composed of former slaves, the officers, by decree of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, had to be all white. The first commanding officer, therefore, was Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the author of this book. Higginson in civilian life was a minister and a fiery abolitionist. As a captain in the 51st Massachusetts Infantry he was wounded and undergoing convalescence when he was offered the job of commanding officer of the newly formed First South Carolina. He jumped at the chance and this book, a diary of his observations, was the result. His observations of his soldiers, his struggle with the government to bring them equity in pay and conditions, his capturing of the Gullah language, his memorializing of the spirituals and marching songs they sang-it's all here in Black Soldiers / Blue Uniforms: The Story of the First South Carolina Volunteers.

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