Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865

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Castle Books, 2002 - History - 548 pages
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In 1862 - more than a year into the Civil War - most Americans believed that blacks did not have the courage, intelligence, or discipline to make combat soldiers. But by war's end, more then 175,000 African Americans had served in the Union Army. From the first actions along the Mississippi River to the celebrated attack on Fort Wagner to the final skirmishes of the war, black troops more than proved their courage. Like Men of War recounts the complete, battle-by-battle history of these soldiers, beginning with the first unofficial ex-slave regiments and the push to organize all-black federal regiments. Drawing on newspapers, soldiers' diaries, and letters, acclaimed Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau offers a richly textured and unforgettable account of African-American soldiers in battle. This thoroughly researched and engaging history brings these soldiers vividly to life in their own words as they relate their battle experiences and their thoughts on the war and race.

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Noah Andre Trudeau is a Civil War historian who has written articles for "Civil War Times Illustrated", "Gettysburg Magazine", "Blue and Gray", "North & South", "The Columbiad", "America's Civil War", and "Military History Quarterly". He has written six books on the subject, including the bestseller, "Gettysburg" and "Like Men of War", which was honored with the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation's Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize. Formerly an executive producer at NPR, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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