Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era

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UNC Press Books, 2008 - History - 420 pages
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More than 5,000 North Carolina slaves escaped from their white owners to serve in the Union army during the Civil War. In Freedom for Themselves Richard Reid explores the stories of black soldiers from four regiments raised in North Carolina. Const
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Raising and Training the Black Regiments
19
A Fine Fighting Regiment
67
Issues of Civilized Warfare
111
A Unit of Last Resort
153
Black Workers in Blue Uniforms
187
Families of the Soldiers during the War
215
Service in the Postwar South
255
Black Veterans in a Gray State
297
Conclusion
323
Notes
329
Bibliography
389
Index
407
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About the author (2008)

Richard M. Reid is associate professor of history at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is author of The Upper Ottawa Valley to 1855.

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