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A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865$
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George Washington Williams

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233854

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233854.001.0001

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The Cloud of Witnesses

The Cloud of Witnesses

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A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865

George Washington Williams

Fordham University Press

Testimony to the martial valor of the Negro soldiers during the War of the Rebellion comes from both friends and foes. The Negro troops exhibited the highest qualities of soldiership at Port Hudson in repeatedly assaulting the enemy in strong works with great physical obstructions to contend with. At Milliken's Bend they were raw recruits, and yet they did their fighting with bayonets. At Olustee and Honey Hill, at Poison Springs and Chaffin's Farm, the Negro soldier proved that he was endowed with that military intelligence of unit which makes the concrete strength of an army. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton said that at Petersburg, the hardest fighting was done by the black troops. Other witnesses to the courage shown by Negro soldiers during the war include Major-general James G. Blunt, Major-general S. A. Hurlbut, General George C. Strong, Brevet-major-general Thomas J. Morgan, and Colonel John A. Foster. Of the 178,975 Negro soldiers in the United States Volunteer army, 36,847 were killed, wounded, or missing.

Keywords:   Negro soldiers, War of Rebellion, valor, army, Edwin M. Stanton, United States, Milliken's Bend, Port Hudson

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