07-08-2022, 10:28 AM
epub | 8.25 MB | English | Isbn: B09RHQ8X6N | Author: John D. Warner Jr. | Year: 2022
Quote:The service of African-American soldiers during the Civil War is one of that conflict's most stirring, if still not completely understood, aspects. In this comprehensive account-from recruitment into combat, and covering all the military, political, and social aspects of this story-John D. Warner recounts the history of the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, the only Black cavalry regiment raised in the North during the war.
After Massachusetts made history with the 54th and 55th Infantry Regiments, its governor wanted to continue the experiment of training African-Americans as Union fighting men, this time as cavalry. Where the infantry regiments recruited largely free Blacks from the North, the 5th focused on escaped slaves who it was believed would be better horsemen. (But not solely: the regiment's members included a son of Frederick Douglass and, interestingly, several Hawaiian islanders.) This gave the regiment a sharper edge: not only would the former...
Category:Black & African American History, Black & African American History, Civil War History of the U.S.