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

Forged in Battle The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War the Federal government having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the war began to recruit black soldiers This revoluti

  • Title: Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers
  • Author: Joseph T. Glatthaar
  • ISBN: 9780807125601
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the war, 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 theSixteen months after the start of the American Civil War, the Federal government, having vastly underestimated the length and manpower demands of the war, 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, originally published in 1990, award winning historian Joseph T Glatthaar 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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    1. An excellent and well-organized introduction to the formation and history of the US Colored Troops during the Civil War. Informative and readable, the first three chapters provide background on the use of African-American forces in the Civil War and the various perspectives of white officers who commanded them, which spanned the gambit of outright racists to committed abolitionists. Glatthaar in his first chapter discusses the general resistance, at first, to the use of blacks in the military an [...]

    2. A great overview of the creation, organization and service of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the American Civil War. It focuses on the relationship between the white officers and the black enlisted men and the difficulties that accompanied these relationships and how in spite of all the challenges, the USCT provided meaningful and impactful service during the war.

    3. It took several years and a heavy toll in white lives before blacks were allowed to serve as Union soldiers. Even then, they were commanded by white officers. This book explores the relationship between white officers and black soldiers during the Civil War.

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