On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front (Paperback)
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On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 31/03/1999
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The letters featured in this book were sent by Corporal James Henry Gooding, a member of Company C., of the 54th Massachusetts regiment. They were sent to the New Bedford (Massachusetts) ""Mercury"" and published. He was described as a ""truthful and intelligent correspondent, and a good soldier"".

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558492028
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 x 15 mm


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"This excellent work will appeal to Civil War scholars and laypersons alike".

-- Civil War History


Our correspondent, 'J.H.G.', is a member of Co. C., of the 54th Massachusetts regiment. He is a colored man belonging to this city, and his letters are printed by us, verbatim et literatim as we receive them. He is a truthful and intelligent correspondent, and a good soldier.--The Editors, New Bedford (Massachusetts) Mercury


These letters are a rare find. I know of nothing else like them for black soldiers in the Civil War. They give an unparalleled picture of the activities and thoughts of a black regiment by one of its enlisted men. And best of all, these letters are about the most famous of all the black regiments, recently made even more famous by the movie Glory.--James M. McPherson

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