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Freedom for ThemselvesNorth Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era$
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Richard M. Reid

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831748

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837276_reid

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A Fine, Fighting Regiment

A Fine, Fighting Regiment

(p.67) Chapter Two A Fine, Fighting Regiment
Freedom for Themselves

Richard M. Reid

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers (NCCV) and how the regiment was in many ways better prepared to fight than most other black regiments when it finally entered the combat phase of its service. The 1st NCCV had a full complement of enlisted men, and its companies were almost completely staffed with experienced officers, who, for the most part, were supportive of the use of black troops in combat. The soldiers were all armed, even if not with the best weapons, and had received at least rudimentary training in their use. The 1st NCCV would prove to be both brave and reliable in battle, even in those cases where senior Union commanders did not serve the soldiers well.

Keywords:   1st NCCV, black regiments, experienced officers, black troops, rudimentary training, senior Union commanders

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