Black troops, white commanders, and freedmen during the Civil War /
Howard C. Westwood ; with a foreword by John Y. Simon.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1992.
xi, 189 p. ; 25 cm.
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1992.
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The important roles played by blacks in the Civil War have only recently drawn the scholarly attention they so richly merit. Now Howard C. Westwood's articles on this topic have been collected together with an original essay written especially for this volume. Westwood's work covers topics ranging from the roles played by Lincoln and Grant in beginning black soldiery to the sensitive issues that arose when black soldiers (and their white officers) were captured by the Confederates. The essays relate the exploits of black heroes such as Robert Smalls, who singlehandedly captured a Confederate steamer, as well as the experiences of the ignoble Reverend Fountain Brown, who became the first person charged with violating the Emancipation Proclamation.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Lincoln's Position on Black Enlistmentsp. 1
Notesp. 16
Grant's Role in Beginning Black Soldieryp. 21
Notesp. 34
Benjamin Butler's Enlistment of Black Troops in New Orleans in 1862p. 37
Notesp. 50
Generals David Hunter and Rufus Saxton and Black Soldiersp. 55
Notesp. 68
Mr. Smalls: a Personal Adventurep. 74
Captive Black Union Soldiers in Charleston-- What to Do?p. 86
Notesp. 102
Sherman Marched-- and Proclaimed "Land for the Landless"p. 106
Notesp. 121
The Cause and Consequence of a Union Black Soldier's Mutiny and Executionp. 125
Notesp. 138
Company a of Rhode Islands Black Regiment: Its Enlisting, Its "Mutiny." Its Pay, Its Servicep. 142
Notesp. 161
The Reverend Fountain Brown: Alleged Violator of the Emancipation Proclamationp. 167
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 183
Indexp. 185
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