Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War

By Stephen V. Ash

A approximately forgotten Civil battle episode is restored to historical past during this masterful account.

In March 1863, 9 hundred black Union infantrymen, led through white officials, invaded Florida and seized town of Jacksonville. They have been one of the first African American troops within the Northern military, and their day trip into enemy territory was once like no different within the Civil warfare. It was once meant as an attack on slavery through which hundreds of thousands will be freed. on the middle of the tale is famous abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of many regiments. After waging conflict for 3 weeks, Higginson and his males have been mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their project a seeming failure. but their successes in resisting the Confederates and taking part with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to start full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous determination that helped grew to become the tide of the warfare. utilizing long-neglected basic resources, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this occasion with perception, bright characterizations, and a prepared feel of drama.

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The lads of the first South Carolina have been pushed by way of a “fiery energy,” he declared. “To use them for garrison responsibility purely will be like booking cavalry to shield a castle, or creating a reconnaissance with heavy artillery. ”10 Higginson and Saxton additionally shared the assumption that black troops have been the major to profitable this warfare and that the U. S. govt may still continue with full-scale enlistment of blacks in each theater. As they good knew, notwithstanding, the govt. used to be nonetheless unwilling. At this second Congress used to be contemplating a invoice, subsidized by way of the unconventional Republican consultant Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania, to authorize the struggle division to adopt enormous black recruitment, a few a hundred and fifty or extra regiments, however it had sparked fierce competition, and its passage was once uncertain.

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21 there has been ailing feeling one of the blacks too over the try out by way of the dep. commander a few months previous to conscript all of the able-bodied males right into a armed forces unit. whilst a few resisted, the military resorted to arresting them at gunpoint or trapping them by means of ruses, comparable to luring them to a Fourth of July social gathering the place they have been forcibly detained. The conscription was once ultimately halted and the unit disbanded, yet worry of one other such try out, and a common mistrust of the military, lingered between many blacks.

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