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Thunder at the gates : the Black Civil War regiments that redeemed America / Douglas R. Egerton.

Author:
Egerton, Douglas R. [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[New York: Basic Books, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
ix, 429 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Summary note:
Almost immediately after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolitionists began to call for the raising of black regiments. The South and most of the North responded with outrage. Southerners vowed to enslave black soldiers captured in battle, while many northerners claimed that blacks lacked the courage to fight. Yet Boston's Brahmins, always eager for a moral crusade, launched one of the greatest experiments in American history. In Thunder at the gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and exploits of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry -- regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-409) and index.
Contents:
The travelers -- The Brahmins -- Readville -- The Sea Islands -- Battery Wagner -- Hospitals and home fronts -- The siege -- Florida -- Liberation -- Occupation -- The veterans -- The legacy of the regiments.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
Other title(s):
Black Civil War regiments that redeemed America
ISBN:
  • 9780465096640 (hardcover)
  • 0465096646 (hardcover)
  • (ebook)
LCCN:
2016032057
OCLC:
945232329
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