By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Army lifestyles in a Black Regiment has a few declare to be the simplest written narrative to come back from the Union [side] in the course of the Civil conflict. Higginson's photograph of the conflict which was once the foundation of "praise the Lord and go the ammunition" and his examining 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, accountable for African-American troops education at the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas. a full of life and distinct wartime diary, the publication bargains a clean portrait of lifestyles within the Union military from an officer's viewpoint, recording evaluations of different commanders and taking pictures the uncooked humor that develops one of the males in wrestle. Higginson's descriptions of the warriors, exercises of camp existence, and southern landscapes are unforgettable, as is the account of his close to break out from a cannon ball.
An strange ancient rfile meant to introduce new generations of readers to an American earlier that are meant to now not be forgotten, Army existence in a Black Regiment will be important to scholars of Black historical past and the yank Civil War.
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