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The Resource Freedom for themselves : North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era, Richard M. Reid

Freedom for themselves : North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era, Richard M. Reid

Label
Freedom for themselves : North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era
Title
Freedom for themselves
Title remainder
North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era
Statement of responsibility
Richard M. Reid
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
More than 5,000 North Carolina slaves escaped from their white owners to serve in the Union army during the Civil War. Richard Reid explores the stories of black soldiers from four regiments raised in North Carolina: the 35th, 36th, and 37th United States Colored Troops and the 14th United States Colored Heavy Artillery. Constructing a multidimensional portrait of these soldiers and their families, Reid provides a new understanding of the spectrum of black experience during and after the war. Reid examines the processes by which black men enlisted and were trained, the history of each regiment, the lives of the soldiers' families during the war, and the postwar experiences of the veterans and their families in an ex-Confederate state. The 35th and 36th Regiments fought well and earned praise from military leaders, while the 37th fought poorly, though its role in combat was limited by problems of organization, internal discord, and military inefficiency. The 14th fought no battles and won little recognition, making it more reflective of the experiences of the many black units that saw little combat and have received little scholarly attention. By considering four regiments from a single state, Reid is able to assess what experiences proved to be largely universal among black troops. The full freedom they fought for and dreamed of having when the war ended did not materialize in their lifetimes. But Reid shows that many of them found in the army a kind of equality that was denied them in civilian life. The postwar benefits afforded to white veterans seldom crossed the color line, and few black veterans were able to translate their military experience into public or political careers. The accolades African American soldiers received, Reid demonstrates, came not from a new southern society, but from within their own communities, where black soldiers were seen and recognized as heroes
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
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Reid, Richard M.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Civil War America.
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  • African American soldiers
  • United States
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Freedom for themselves : North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era, Richard M. Reid
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-406) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Black veterans in a gray state
  • Raising and training the black regiments
  • A
  • fine, fighting regiment -- Issues of "civilized" warfare
  • A
  • unit of last resort
  • Black workers in blue uniforms
  • Families of the soldiers during the war
  • Service in the postwar South
Control code
ocn162118814
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 420 p.
Isbn
9780807831748
Lccn
2007029358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports
Label
Freedom for themselves : North Carolina's Black soldiers in the Civil War era, Richard M. Reid
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-406) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Black veterans in a gray state
  • Raising and training the black regiments
  • A
  • fine, fighting regiment -- Issues of "civilized" warfare
  • A
  • unit of last resort
  • Black workers in blue uniforms
  • Families of the soldiers during the war
  • Service in the postwar South
Control code
ocn162118814
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 420 p.
Isbn
9780807831748
Lccn
2007029358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports

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