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Forged in battle : the Civil War alliance of Black soldiers and white officers / Joseph T. Glatthaar.

By: Glatthaar, Joseph T, 1956-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : London : Free Press ; Collier Macmillan, c1990Description: xiii, 370 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0029118158; 9780029118153.Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American | United States. Army -- African American troops -- History -- 19th century | United States. Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States -- Race relations | African Americans -- History | Military forces Race relations History | Civil wars Role of Black personsDDC classification: 973.7/415 Other classification: 15.85 | NP 6020
Contents:
Breaking down the resistance -- The White man's war -- Recruiting the officers -- Filling the ranks -- Coping with racism -- Training and discipline -- Proving their valor -- Leaving their mark on the battlefield -- Prejudice in the service -- Army of occupation -- Life after the USCT.
Summary: Against the tumultuous background of military combat, racial conflict, and struggle for national survival, this book brings to life the story and extraordinary performance of The United States Colored Troops on the battlefields of the Civil War. One hundred and eighty thousand African-Americans, enslaved in the South, discriminated against in the North, and widely regarded as inferior in both sections, became soldiers in the Union Army in a bold experiment born of necessity.
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E540.N3 G53 1990 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000627380

Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-359) and index.

Breaking down the resistance -- The White man's war -- Recruiting the officers -- Filling the ranks -- Coping with racism -- Training and discipline -- Proving their valor -- Leaving their mark on the battlefield -- Prejudice in the service -- Army of occupation -- Life after the USCT.

Against the tumultuous background of military combat, racial conflict, and struggle for national survival, this book brings to life the story and extraordinary performance of The United States Colored Troops on the battlefields of the Civil War. One hundred and eighty thousand African-Americans, enslaved in the South, discriminated against in the North, and widely regarded as inferior in both sections, became soldiers in the Union Army in a bold experiment born of necessity.

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Relying on many hitherto unused personal letters as well as government documents, Glatthaar (University of Houston), author of The March to the Sea and Beyond (CH, Dec'85), very adroitly explores the uneasy balance between some 180,000 Afro-Americans who served in the US Colored Troops and the 7,000 white officers who volunteered, against ridicule and abuse, to transform them into an effective fighting force. Divided by racial tension and racist ideology yet united by the bonds of war, black and white fought side by side to achieve a record of valor at many battlegrounds during the Civil War. Better than any other study, this one clearly demonstrates how the war to save the Union gave way to a war for freedom and equal rights. Yet this is not a complete success story, as Glatthaar poignantly demonstrates, for in the war's aftermath the gallant efforts of black troops slowly faded as the racism of the Reconstruction era provoked a troubling selective memory on the part of many Americans, North and South. This is a fine study and should be a part of all college and university collections. -J. H. Silverman, Winthrop College

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