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Uncommon valor : a story of race, patriotism, and glory in the final battles of the Civil War

Author: Melvin Claxton; Mark Puls
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The gripping saga of the band of black soldiers who helped turn the tide of war After much agonizing, Christian Fleetwood, a free 23-year-old black man living in Baltimore during the Civil War, made a momentous and difficult decision: he enlisted. Uncommon Valor tells the dramatic story of Fleetwood and the other black farmers, laborers, and tradesmen who bravely risked their lives to end slavery and win respect for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Claxton, Melvin, 1958-
Uncommon valor.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006
(OCoLC)681503185
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Claxton; Mark Puls
ISBN: 0471468231 9780471468233
OCLC Number: 58478336
Description: viii, 231 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The bell tolls : a call for Black troops --
Christian Fleetwood enlists --
The first mission --
Ready and willing : the Cincinnati Brigade --
Hunting guerillas and bushwhackers in North Carolina --
Early skirmishes : raids on Richmond --
Avenging an ambush --
To the front : storming Petersburg --
The fog of war : the Petersburg mine explosion --
The price of honor : heroics at New Market Heights.
Responsibility: Melvin Claxton and Mark Puls.
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The gripping saga of the band of black soldiers who helped turn the tide of war After much agonizing, Christian Fleetwood, a free 23-year-old black man living in Baltimore during the Civil War, made a momentous and difficult decision: he enlisted. Uncommon Valor tells the dramatic story of Fleetwood and the other black farmers, laborers, and tradesmen who bravely risked their lives to end slavery and win respect for their race at a time when much of America shunned them. When the country that oppressed and despised them called them to serve, they became heroes of the highest order. Many of the events in this powerful tale of war, heroism, and liberation are seen through the eyes of those who lived through them, thanks to the detailed letters and diaries they left behind. Melvin Claxton (Detroit, MI), a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and Mark Puls (Detroit, MI) are both investigative reporters with the Detroit News. -- Publishers description.

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