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The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom

Glenn David Brasher


In the Peninsula Campaign of spring 1862, Union general George B. Mc-Clellan failed in his plan to capture the Confederate capital and bring a quick end to the conflict. But the campaign saw something new in the war—the participation of African Americans in ways that were critical to the Union offensive. Ultimately, that participation influenced Lincoln's decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation at the end of that year. This narrative history delves into African American involvement in this pivotal military event, demonstrating that blacks contributed essential manpower and provided int ... More

Keywords: Peninsula Campaign, Union general, George B. Mc-Clellan, Confederate capital, Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans, conflict, Northern soldiers, abolitionists, Southern soldiers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835449
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882528_brasher


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn David Brasher, author