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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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Issues of “Civilized” Warfare

Issues of “Civilized” Warfare

(p.111) Chapter Three Issues of “Civilized” Warfare
Freedom for Themselves

Richard M. Reid

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Col. Alonzo G. Draper's command faced hard fighting like Col. James Beecher's regiment. In a number of important ways, however, the experiences of Draper's command differed from those of the unit sent to South Carolina and Florida. Early in their service and in a reversal of traditional Southern authority, Draper's troops—most of them former slaves—would find themselves at Point Lookout Prison Camp in Maryland, guarding Confederate prisoners of war, many of whom were or had been slaveholders. Later these soldiers would participate in raids intended to stamp out guerrilla activity in northeastern North Carolina. Since many of the men had families and friends in the area who were especially vulnerable to attack by the guerrillas, they responded eagerly to the chance to liberate loved ones.

Keywords:   Alonzo G. Draper, Col. James Beecher, South Carolina, Florida, traditional Southern authority, former slaves, Point Lookout, Prison Camp, prisoners of war

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