A Regiment of Slaves: The 4th United States Colored by Edward G. Longacre

By Edward G. Longacre

The 4th usa coloured Troops (USCT) regiment observed huge motion within the jap theater of operations from past due 1863 to mid-1865. The regiment—drawn mostly from freedmen and liberated slaves within the heart Atlantic and New England states—served in Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s military of the James, whose challenge was once to seize the accomplice capital at Richmond. From might to December 1864, the 4th observed motion within the Bermuda Hundred and Richmond-Petersburg campaigns, and in early 1865 helped catch the defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina, the final open seaport of price to the Confederacy.

Citing lately came upon and formerly unpublished debts, writer Edward G. Longacre is going past the battlefield heroics of the 4th USCT, mixing his specific insights into political and social historical past to research the causes, ambitions, and aspirations of the African American enlisted males. the writer additionally emphasizes how those infantrymen overcame what considered one of their commanders known as “stupid, unreasoning, and rather vengeful prejudice” and exhibits how common Butler, a supporter of black troops, gave the unit possibilities to end up itself in conflict, leading to a wrestle checklist of which any infantry regiment, black or white, can be proud.

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