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

ISBN-10: 0393065863
ISBN-13: 9780393065862
Edition: 2008
Authors: Stephen V. Ash
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A nearly forgotten Civil War episode is restored to history in this masterful account. In March 1863, nine hundred black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. They were among the first African American troops in the Northern army, and their expedition into enemy territory was like no other in the Civil War. It was intended as an assault on slavery by which thousands would be freed. At the center of the story is prominent abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of the regiments. After waging battle for three weeks, Higginson and his men were mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their mission a seeming failure. Yet their successes in resisting the Confederates and collaborating with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to begin full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous decision that helped turned the tide of the war. Using long-neglected primary sources, historian Stephen V. Ash's stirring narrative re-creates this event with insight, vivid characterizations, and a keen sense of drama. 20 illustrations.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Note on Usage
Maps
Prologue
Port Royal Island, South Carolina: January 1, 1863
Port Royal Island and The St. Mary's River: January 2-February 15
Hilton Head: February 16
From Port Royal Island to Jacksonville: February 17-March 10
Jacksonville: March 10-20
Jacksonville, the East Bank, and Palatka: March 20-27
Jacksonville and the West Bank: March 27-29
The Aftermath
Epilogue
Historians' and the Lincoln Administration's Decision for Full-Scale Black Recruitment
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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