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Book on Black Soldiers During the Civil War
I was at a book fair and bought a book written by John Raymond Gourdin called The Book of First, Last, Etcetera: Black Soldiers during the Civil War Era 1861-1867. Mr. Gourdin was very gracious while he signed books and I told him to drop in on Afrigeneas.
He wrote this book because as a Civil War re-enctor he found that people asked questions he couldn't answer of the top of is head. His list of topics includes:
Who was the first African-American Civil War Hero?
Who was the first black soldier to receive a Federal commission to the rank of captain?
What is the origin of the term "Freedmen"?
What was the site of the largest battle in the state of Florida during th Civil War?
Here's some biographical info from his book:
Mr. Gourdin is a native of South Carolina and retired U.S. Marine. He's a descendant of a Civil War soldier who served with the 104th USCT - organized in South Carolina. He has 2 other books: GOURDIN: A French-African American Family from South Carolina 1830-1994 (1995) and Voices From the Past: 104th Infantry Regiment USCT: Colored Civil War Soldiers from South Carolina (1997)
He's a member of the South Carolina Historical Society; Civil War re-enactorwith the 54th Massachusetts; president of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Senior Fellow with the United States Colored Troops Institute.