Freedom for Themselves

North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era

By Richard M. Reid

440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 illus., 5 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1506-6
    Published: February 2014
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-3727-6
    Published: February 2012
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8181-6
    Published: February 2012

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About the Author

Richard M. Reid is associate professor of history at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is author of The Upper Ottawa Valley to 1855.
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"The first state study of African American soldiers in the Union Army. . . . Promises new research possibilities beyond the traditional view of patriotic black troops sacrificing for the Union. . . . Recommended."--CHOICE

"A valuable contribution to the growing body of literature on the African American experience during the Civil War era. . . . Yield[s] fresh insights into some neglected areas of the black soldiers' experience."--American Historical Review

"An excellent social history of North Carolina's African American regiments in the civil war. . . . Superb scholarship and a model for future state-level social histories of Civil War military service."--Journal of American History

"Well researched, written, and annotated. . . . A most welcome addition to the growing body of literature about the military service of African Americans during the Civil War."--The Journal of America's Military Past

"The best study of an African American unit during the Civil War. . . . Provides a new and much fuller understanding of how African American soldiers experienced the Civil War."--Civil War History

"Outstanding. . . . Provides an invaluable window on the black experience in the Civil War era."--Journal of Southern History