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Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers

Glatthaar, Joseph T.

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ISBN 10: 0029118158 / ISBN 13: 9780029118153
Published by The Free Press, New York, 1990
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370, illus., notes, appendices, bibliography, index. The uneasy alliance between black soldiers and white officers who, divided by racial tension and ideology, were united by the trials and bonds of the war they fought side by side. Appendices include Statistics Samples, Congressional Medal of Honor Winners in the USCT, Black Officers in the Union Army. Glatthaar was professor of history at the University of Houston. Bookseller Inventory # 56254

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Title: Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of ...

Publisher: The Free Press, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Printing.

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A history of the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War

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Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the conflict, began to recruit black soldiers. This revolutionary policy gave 180,000 free blacks and former slaves the opportunity to prove themselves on the battlefield as part of the United States Colored Troops. By the end of the war, 37,000 in their ranks had given their lives for the cause of freedom.

In Forged in Battle, award-winning historian Joseph T. Glatthaar dramatically re-creates the events that gave these troops and their 7,000 white officers justifiable pride in their contributions to the Union victory and hope of equality in the years to come. Unfortunately, as Glatthaar poignantly demonstrates, memory of the United States Colored Troops' heroic sacrifices soon faded behind the prejudice that would plague the armed forces for another century.

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