By Edward G. Longacre
The 4th usa coloured Troops (USCT) regiment observed significant motion within the jap theater of operations from overdue 1863 to mid-1865. The regiment—drawn mostly from freedmen and liberated slaves within the center Atlantic and New England states—served in Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s military of the James, whose project 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 seize the defenses of Wilmington, North Carolina, the final open seaport of worth to the Confederacy.
Citing lately came across and formerly unpublished bills, writer Edward G. Longacre is going past the battlefield heroics of the 4th USCT, mixing his exact insights into political and social heritage to research the reasons, pursuits, and aspirations of the African American enlisted males. the writer additionally emphasizes how those squaddies overcame what considered one of their commanders known as “stupid, unreasoning, and rather vengeful prejudice” and indicates how common Butler, a supporter of black troops, gave the unit possibilities to turn out itself in conflict, leading to a wrestle checklist of which any infantry regiment, black or white, might be proud.
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A Regiment of Slaves: The 4th United States Colored Infantry, 1863-1866 by Edward G. Longacre