Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War

By Stephen V. Ash

A approximately forgotten Civil battle episode is restored to heritage during this masterful account.

In March 1863, 9 hundred black Union infantrymen, led by way of white officials, invaded Florida and seized the city of Jacksonville. They have been one of the first African American troops within the Northern military, and their excursion into enemy territory was once like no different within the Civil warfare. It was once meant as an attack on slavery during which millions will be freed. on the middle of the tale is trendy abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of many regiments. After waging conflict for 3 weeks, Higginson and his males have been mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their challenge a seeming failure. but their successes in resisting the Confederates and taking part with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to start full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous choice that helped grew to become the tide of the battle. utilizing long-neglected fundamental assets, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this occasion with perception, shiny characterizations, and a prepared experience of drama.

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By Stephen V. Ash

A approximately forgotten Civil battle episode is restored to heritage during this masterful account.

In March 1863, 9 hundred black Union infantrymen, led by way of white officials, invaded Florida and seized the city of Jacksonville. They have been one of the first African American troops within the Northern military, and their excursion into enemy territory was once like no different within the Civil warfare. It was once meant as an attack on slavery during which millions will be freed. on the middle of the tale is trendy abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of many regiments. After waging conflict for 3 weeks, Higginson and his males have been mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their challenge a seeming failure. but their successes in resisting the Confederates and taking part with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to start full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous choice that helped grew to become the tide of the battle. utilizing long-neglected fundamental assets, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this occasion with perception, shiny characterizations, and a prepared experience of drama.

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Respectable files of the Navies, sequence One, 12: 620; Higginson, military lifestyles, 112; “Letters of Dr. Rogers,” 372; Looby, magazine and Letters, 109; Schmidt, Civil conflict in Florida, 1: 553 (map). fifty five. Augusta day-by-day Constitutionalist, 19 March, 1 April 1863; Higginson, military existence, 112; legit files of the Navies, sequence One, thirteen: 745; Farmington Chronicle, nine April 1863; long island instances, 25 March 1863; Looby, magazine and Letters, a hundred and ten; Washington day-by-day Morning Chronicle, 26 March 1863. fifty six. “Letters of Dr. Rogers,” 372; manhattan occasions, 25 March 1863; Augusta day-by-day Constitutionalist, 19 March 1863.

Higginson knew Seymour to be one of the conservative average military officials, against emancipation and the enlistment of black troops. This truth, including the order’s repeated emphasis on retreating the black regiments specifically, set Higginson to puzzling over if there may be a sinister, hidden political intent at paintings the following. may perhaps it's that Hunter have been prompted via Seymour and that Seymour’s goal was once to deprive the black troops of this grand chance to tell apart themselves, achieve recruits, and support break slavery?

United States—Army—African American troops—History—19th century. I. identify. E540. N3A84 2008 973. 7'4150975912—dc22 2008002503 W. W. Norton & corporation, Inc. 500 5th street, ny, N. Y. 10110 www. wwnorton. com W. W. Norton & corporation Ltd. citadel condominium, 75/76 Wells highway, London W1T 3QT 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  0 TO OMAR L. ASH, 1921–1980 LAWRENCE M. ASH, 1952–1972 CONTENTS Acknowledgments Preface be aware on utilization Maps Prologue One      PORT ROYAL ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA January 1, 1863 Two      PORT ROYAL ISLAND AND THE ST.

At the wharf a soldier used to be down. It used to be John Quincy, his ankle shattered through a lead ball. the lads round him, panic obvious on each face, scrambled to come again onto the send. They dragged Quincy in addition to them and manhandled him aboard. on the spot the place he had fallen lay a pool of blood and fragments of bone. eighty two The gunfire persisted because the workforce frantically minimize the vessel free from the wharf. It subsidized hurriedly away and out into the river. because it retreated, Montgomery ordered the group to shell town with their deck weapons.

Instantly it amounted to only a few businesses, with out prospect of including to its numbers until eventually a foothold used to be secured at the major. the lads have been in fact as uncooked as they can be, totally untrained; it'll take time to cause them to whatever like squaddies. Nor may they be totally built instantaneously. Montgomery had secured uniforms from the department’s provide depots, yet for now guns have been unavailable. He could haven't any hassle discovering officials to guide the lads, in spite of the fact that. there have been many functions from infantrymen of white devices during this and different departments for any on hand place within the new regiment.

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