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Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era

Richard M. Reid

Abstract

More than 5,000 North Carolina slaves escaped from their white owners to serve in the Union army during the Civil War. This book explores the stories of black soldiers from four regiments raised in North Carolina. Constructing a multidimensional portrait of the soldiers and their families, it provides a new understanding of the spectrum of black experience during and after the war. The book examines the processes by which black men enlisted and were trained, the history of each regiment, the lives of the soldiers' families during the war, and the postwar experiences of the veterans and their f ... More

Keywords: North Carolina slaves, Civil War, black soldiers, black experience, African American soldiers, black troops

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831748
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837276_reid

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard M. Reid, author