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19th Century Freedom Fighters; A Review
In Response To: [History] 19th Century Freedom Fighters, SC by Bennie J. McRae Jr. ()
Nineteenth Century Freedom Fighters, The 1st South Carolina Volunteers
This is one of those quiet books that's easy to read and digest.
At the heart of this text is Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tyler Trowbridge, commanding officer of the 33rd United States Colored Troops - the first Black unit of the civil war.
Initially called The 1st South Carolina Volunteers, this unit preceded the 54th Massachusetts, of film 'Glory' fame, by one year.
You learn about an emancipation proclamation declared by Major-General David Hunter; only to be repudiated by none other than Abraham Lincoln!
Through Trowbridge's ".. anecdotal memoir.." we experience a vacillating federal government not sure what to do with Blacks who are willing and able to fight for the Union.
Part two of the book begins " On March 3 1865, Congress establishes the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands".
At 127 pages, including the photographs, you could read this book in one sitting. You may find yourself re-reading it, as I did.
Go to WorldCat and find a nearby library that has a copy.
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