Firebrand of Liberty

Firebrand of Liberty

The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War

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WW Norton
A nearly forgotten Civil War episode is restored to history in this masterful account.
In March 1863, nine hundred black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. They were among the first African American troops in the Northern army, and their expedition into enemy territory was like no other in the Civil War. It was intended as an assault on slavery by which thousands would be freed.At the center of the story is prominent abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of the regiments. After waging battle for three weeks, Higginson and his men were mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their mission a seeming failure. Yet their successes in resisting the Confederates and collaborating with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to begin full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous decision that helped turned the tide of the war.Using long-neglected primary sources, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this event with insight, vivid characterizations, and a keen sense of drama.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the March 1863 invasion of African-American Union troops in Jacksonville, Florida, in a campaign led by prominent abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson that was mysteriously called off but still influenced Lincoln's full-scale recruitment of free black soldiers.

Norton Pub
A nearly forgotten Civil War episode is restored to history in this masterful account.
In March 1863, nine hundred black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. They were among the first African American troops in the Northern army, and their expedition into enemy territory was like no other in the Civil War. It was intended as an assault on slavery by which thousands would be freed.At the center of the story is prominent abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of the regiments. After waging battle for three weeks, Higginson and his men were mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their mission a seeming failure. Yet their successes in resisting the Confederates and collaborating with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to begin full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous decision that helped turned the tide of the war.Using long-neglected primary sources, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this event with insight, vivid characterizations, and a keen sense of drama.

Blackwell North Amer
Firebrand of Liberty tells the story of the 1st and 2nd South Carolina - two of the first black units to see action in the Civil War - who paved the way for soldiers like those of the 54th Massachusetts, the celebrated regiment of the motion picture Glory.
This book chronicles the story of these men whose extraordinary expedition led Abraham Lincoln to endorse full-scale recruitment of black troops - and thus helped turn the tide of the Civil War in favor of the Union.

Baker
& Taylor

Relates the story of the first Black regiments in the Civil War and their pivotal mission to establish a Union base in Jacksonville, Florida, in an attempt to create a haven for fugitive slaves.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393065862
0393065863
Characteristics: xvi, 282 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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