Army Life in a Black Regiment, Volume 33, Part 4
In 1862 military necessity enabled Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to pry from a hesitant President Lincoln the authority to enlist black troops in the Union army. The pioneer regiment of ex-slaves was to secure the beachhead tenuously held at Beaufort, off the South Carolina coast. The commanding officer chosen for the First South Carolina Volunteers was Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a militant human rights activist, writer and lecturer, and former Unitarian minister. This text is Colonel Higginson's own account of his two years at Camp Saxton.
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Higginson was a Union colonel in charge of training black troops during the Civil War. He provides the officer's perspective on these recruits in a series of essays published in 1870. His observations range from camp life to a treatise on "The Negro as a Soldier." Though the book is not out of print, Dover's version is the most affordable edition currently available. ...