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Thunder at the gates : the black Civil War regiments that redeemed America

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Almost immediately after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolitionists began to call for the raising of black regiments. The South and most of the North responded with outrage. Southerners vowed to enslave black soldiers captured in battle, while many northerners claimed that blacks lacked the courage to fight. Yet Boston's Brahmins, always eager for a moral crusade, launched one of the greatest experiments in American history. In Thunder at the gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and exploits of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry -- regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery.

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Lyons Public Library 973.741 EGE (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9780465096640 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0465096646 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: ix, 429 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Basic Books, 2016.

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The travelers -- The Brahmins -- Readville -- The Sea Islands -- Battery Wagner -- Hospitals and home fronts -- The siege -- Florida -- Liberation -- Occupation -- The veterans -- Epilogue: the legacy of the regiments.
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Almost immediately after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolitionists began to call for the raising of black regiments. The South and most of the North responded with outrage. Southerners vowed to enslave black soldiers captured in battle, while many northerners claimed that blacks lacked the courage to fight. Yet Boston's Brahmins, always eager for a moral crusade, launched one of the greatest experiments in American history. In Thunder at the gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and exploits of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry -- regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery.
Subject: United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 54th (1863-1865)
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 55th (1863-1865)
United States. Army. Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1864-1865)
United States. Army > African American troops > History > 19th century.
African American soldiers > Massachusetts > History > 19th century.
African American soldiers.
Armed Forces > African American troops.
Military campaigns.
Military participation > African American.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Participation, African American.
Massachusetts > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Participation, African American.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Campaigns.
Genre: History.


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