Like Men of War by Noah Andre Trudeau
Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865

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Noah Andre Trudeau's past three books garnered him recognition as one of America's most respected Civil War historians. Now, in Like Men of War, he focuses on African-American soldiers in the Union army. In all, more than 175,000 black soldiers taught in more than 400 battles. But once the war was won, their efforts were largely ignored or forgotten.Drawing from the diaries and letters of these veterans, Trudeau vividly re-creates their experiences. At the outset, the white military believed that blacks were simply incapable of combat duty. But, as in the courageous assault on Fort Wagner (depicted in the film Glory), African Americans more than proved their mettle.Thoroughly researched and copiously illustrated, Like Men of War illuminates the struggles of these courageous men and brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of the Civil War.
 

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Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of "Gettysburg". He has Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of "Gettysburg". He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Award and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Prize. A former executivAward and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Prize. A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington,e producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, D.C. D.C.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Little, Brown & Company - Back Bay Books. 548 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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In an account more thorough and expansive than Glatthaar's, Trudeau shows little-known varieties of black military experience: Amazingly, free blacks in the South offered their military services to the Confederacy at the war's outset, before the North made abolition one of its wartime goals, and ...

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In The Sable Arm (1956), Dudley Cornish presented a pathbreaking social and political survey of the creation of black Civil War regiments, and in Forged in Battle (1990), Joseph Glatthaar focused on the complex relationship between these troops and their white officers.

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