Black Union Soldiers in the Civil War


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About the Book

This book refutes the historical slander that blacks did not fight for their emancipation from slavery. At first harshly rejected in their attempts to enlist in the Union army, blacks were eventually accepted into the service—often through the efforts of individual generals who, frustrated with bureaucratic inaction in the face of dwindling forces, overrode orders from the secretary of war and the president himself. By the end of the war, black soldiers had numbered over 187,000 and served in 167 regiments. Seventeen were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. Theirs was a remarkable achievement whose full story is here told for the first time.

About the Author(s)

The late Hondon B. Hargrove, of Lansing, Michigan, was widely engaged as a speaker on black military history and was a Buffalo Division artillery officer. He was also the author of Buffalo Soldiers in Italy (2003).

Bibliographic Details

Hondon B. Hargrove
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 270
Bibliographic Info: photos, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003 [1988]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1697-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2150-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword: Is This Heaven? by Clare Milliner 1
Preface 5
Introduction 9
Part I. My Story 13
1. The Early Years 14
2. The Artist’s Choice 26
3. College, Career and Crash 30
4. Life Interruptus: My Hero’s Journey 43
Part II. Talking ­Old-Time Community 65
Instrument Builders 69
5. Bart Reiter 70
6. Patrick “Doc” Huff 77
7. Pete Ross 84
8. Zachary Hoyt 90
9. Bill Rickard 98
10. William Seeders Mosheim 103
Performers and Teachers 109
11. Rayna Gellert 110
12. David Holt 119
13. James “Sparky” Rucker 129
14. Clare Milliner 140
15. Mac Benford 147
16. Sheila Kay Adams 154
17. Paul Brown 163
18. John McCutcheon 172
Historians and Authors 181
19. Dwight Diller 182
20. Bill Malone 188
21. Dom Flemons 198
22. Tim Brooks 209
Part III. In the Company of Music 227
23. Clifftop 228
24. Why Play ­Old-Time Music? 250
25. How Music Works Magic: A Conversation with Josh Turknett 259
Epilogue: An Invitation to Join the Fun 273
Bibliography 275
Index 277

Book Reviews & Awards

“admirable…very well-researched…highly recommended”—The Civil War Courier; “excellent, scholarly analysis complete with illustrations and numerous tables of figures”—AB Bookman’s Weekly; “fact-filled…extensive bibliography”—VOYA; “useful”—Preview.