Black, Copper, & Bright by C. R. Gibbs
The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment

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C. R. Gibbs has written an interesting and valuable addition to Washington, D.C.'s history with an account of The First Regiment of United States Colored Troops (the 1st USCT), which was the first black regiment to be formally mustered into federal service during the Civil War. Black, Copper, & Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment is not intended to be a full history of the battles and marches of the 1st USCT; instead, it seeks to recognize the men who used their personal freedom to advance collective goals. Gibbs traces the efforts of these African-American men to serve the Union, fight for freedom for the enslaved, and to achieve civil rights for all blacks. Gibbs's goal is to add a missing chapter to the history of the nation's capital, which he does quite nicely. -- Christine Cohn

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Published December 1, 2002 by Three Dimnesional Pub. 280 pages
Genres: History, War.