Paperback / softback
August 24, 2021
9781643362403
English
298
32 b&w halftones, 1 map
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
.85 Pounds (US)
$24.99 USD, £19.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
August 24, 2021
9781643362410
9781570031991
English
298
32 b&w halftones, 1 map
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$19.99 USD, £15.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois

The Story of the Twenty-ninth U.S. Colored Infantry

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois tells the story of the Twenty-ninth United States Colored Infantry, one of almost 150 African American regiments to fight in the Civil War and the only such unit assembled by the state of Illinois. The Twenty-ninth took part in the famous Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, joined Grant's forces in the siege of Richmond, and stood on the battlefield when Lee surrendered at Appomattox. In this comprehensive examination of the unit's composition, contribution, and postwar fate, Edward A. Miller, Jr., demonstrates the value of the Twenty-ninth as a means of understanding the Civil War experience of African American soldiers, including the prejudice that shaped their service.

Miller details the formation of the Twenty-ninth, its commendable performance but incompetent leadership during the Petersburg battle, and the refilling of its ranks, mostly by black enlistees who served as substitutes for drafted white men. He recounts the unit's role in the final campaign against the Army of Northern Virginia; its final, needless mission to the Texas border; the tragic postwar fate of most of its officers; and the continued discrimination and economic hardship endured after the war by the soldiers.

About the Author

Edward A. Miller, Jr. received his B.A. in history from the Virginia Military Institute and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Denver. He taught military, modern Far East, and American history at the Air Force Academy.

Reviews

"Miller explores the appalling levels of racial antipathy in Illinois that formed the backdrop for the unit's creation and ugly opportunism that underpinned state support for a black regiment."—Civil War History

"Miller has given us a fuller look at the men who made up a typical black regiment with the Army of the Potomac. Miller's book is a study in regimental demographics—where the men came from, whether they were free blacks or escaped slaves, their educational backgrounds, their service records, and their postwar fates."—Gregory J. W. Urwin, author of Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island

9781643362403 : the-black-civil-war-soldiers-of-illinois-miller
Paperback / softback
August 24, 2021
$24.99 USD
9781643362410 : the-black-civil-war-soldiers-of-illinois-miller
Electronic book text
August 24, 2021
$19.99 USD

Other Titles by Edward A. Miller, Jr.

Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915

Jr. Edward A Miller
Mar 2008 - University of South Carolina Press
$21.99 USD - Paperback / softback

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois

Edward A. Miller Jr., Edward A. Miller
Feb 1998 - University of South Carolina Press
$34.99 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American Studies

Bluejackets and Contrabands

Barbara Brooks Tomblin
Apr 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$60.00 USD - Electronic book text
$60.00 USD - Electronic book text

Black Power in Hemispheric Perspective

edited by Wilfried Raussert, Matti Steinitz
Feb 2022 - University of New Orleans Press
$24.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Integrated

James W. Miller
Feb 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text