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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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Negro Soldiers in Modern Times

Negro Soldiers in Modern Times

(p.7) 2 Negro Soldiers in Modern Times
A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865

George Washington Williams

Fordham University Press

It was about fifteen centuries from the time the Negro disappeared from the page of the world's history until his reappearance. In the vast system of militia and “minute-men” that guarded the young colonies in America against the savage depredations of the aborigines, the Negro bore an honorable part. When the American Revolution began, he was alert, and Ministerial and Continental authorities appealed to his courage as a man and his valor as a soldier. The New England colonies had at length accepted the policy of arming Negroes as inevitable. While there were no special engagements of which Negro soldiers bore the brunt, nevertheless they participated in most of the battles of the Revolution. France, under the empire and as a republic, never proscribed the Negro in her laws regulating the army. Britain had employed Negro troops in the army for a century, but on account of dealing with numerous tribes of heathen people, had never commissioned Negroes as officers.

Keywords:   Negroes, American Revolution, colonies, New England, Negro soldiers, France, Britain, army, militia

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