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Army life in a Black regiment
Publication Information:
Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 2002.
Physical Description:
203 p. ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"A newly reset, unabridged republication of the work first published by Fields, Osgood & Co., Boston, in 1870"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.


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Book 921 HIGGINSON 1 1
Book 921 HIGGINSON 1 1

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This book -- originally a series of essays -- was written by a Union colonel from New England, in charge of black troops training off the coast of the Carolinas. It offers a refreshing portrait of life in the Union Army as the narrator captures the raw humor that develops among the men in combat.

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Library Journal Review

Higginson was a Union colonel in charge of training black troops during the Civil War. He provides the officer's perspective on these recruits in a series of essays published in 1870. His observations range from camp life to a treatise on "The Negro as a Soldier." Though the book is not out of print, Dover's version is the most affordable edition currently available. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter I. Introductoryp. 1
Chapter II. Camp Diaryp. 6
Chapter III. Up the St. Mary'sp. 62
Chapter IV. Up the St. John'sp. 97
Chapter V. Out on Picketp. 130
Chapter VI. A Night in the Waterp. 152
Chapter VII. Up the Edistop. 167
Chapter VIII The Baby of the Regimentp. 185
Chapter IX. Negro Spiritualsp. 197
Chapter X. Life at Camp Shawp. 223
Chapter XI. Florida Again?p. 234
Chapter XII. The Negro as a Soldierp. 243
Chapter XIII. Conclusionp. 264
A. Roster of Officersp. 269
B. The First Black Soldiersp. 272
C. General Saxton's Instructionsp. 278
D. The Struggle for Payp. 280
E. Farewell Addressp. 292
Indexp. 295
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