A few months ago, we talked about the experiences of Civil War contraband, and mentioned the United States Colored Troops. Today, we dig a little more deeply into the history of that military organization. What motivated black men to enlist, and what was their experience in uniform? Join Averill and Sarah to learn more about black soldiers in the American Civil War.
Show Notes and Further Reading
Will Hickox, Remember Fort Pillow!, New York Times Disunion
Richard Slotkin, The Battle of the Crater, New York Times Disunion
Kevin Levin, The Myth of the Black Confederate, The Daily Beast
USCT, The Civil War Trust
Carole Emberton, “Only Murder Makes Men: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience,” Journal of the Civil War Era 2 (September 2012), 369-93.
Black Past, 54th Massachusetts
Feature image: United States soldiers at Camp “William Penn” Philadelphia, PA., 1863 | Library Company of Philadelphia / Flickr Commons