Army Life in a Black Regiment

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Miscellaneous, Pre Blues, Slave history, The Colour Line, Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson



Thomas Wentworth Higginson was a fervent member of New England’s abolitionist movement, and an active participant in the Underground Railroad.

When the Civil War broke out, he was the perfect candidate to head the first regiment of emancipated slaves, and in 1862, he was commissioned as a colonel for the troops training in the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas.

“Army Life in a Black Regiment”  is Higginson’s amazing and invaluable account of his wartime experiences. The narrative ranges from reports on daily life to a detailed description of the author’s near escape from cannon fire to sketches that conjure up the beauty and mystery of the Sea Islands.

For all those eager on learning the history of black cultural life, the book, originally published 1869, is precious as a first hand account of the life of former slaves. It also provides a separate chapter on Negro Spirituals.



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