Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers

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LSU Press, 1990 - History - 370 pages
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Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the war, began to recruit black soldiers. This revolutionary policy gave 180,000 free blacks and former slaves the opportunity to prove themselves on the battlefield as part of the United States Colored Troops. By the end of the war, 37,000 in their ranks had given their lives for the cause of freedom. In Forged in Battle, originally published in 1990, award-winning historian Joseph T. Glatthaar re-creates the events that gave these troops and their 7,000 white officers justifiable pride in their contributions to the Union victory and hope of equality in the years to come. Unfortunately, as Glatthaar poignantly demonstrates, memory of the United States Colored Troops' heroic sacrifices soon faded behind the prejudice that would plague the armed forces for another century.

  

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Glatthaar was my undergraduate mentor. He'd probably disown me now. But he's a fantastic historian and an excellent writer, and this is his most important book. Read full review

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Great subject matter but the writing leaves much to be desired. Read full review

Contents

Breaking Down the Resistance
1
The White Mans War
11
Recruiting the Officers
35
Filling the Ranks
61
Coping with Racism
81
Training and Discipline
99
Proving Their Valor
121
Leaving Their Mark on the Battlefield
143
Army of Occupation
207
Life After the USCT
231
Statistics Samples
265
Congressional Medal of Honor
275
Notes
281
Bibliography
339
Index
361
Copyright

Prejudice in the Service
169

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About the author (1990)

Joseph T. Glatthaar is professor of history at the University of Houston.

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