Title: A Brave Black Regiment
Author: Captain Luis F Emilio
Stars: 4 stars out of 5
A very dry book (1891) by the author which details the history of the Black Regiment in which he served during the Civil War. It is not a modern day action adventure but a history book written by someone who was there. There is no sugar coating or politically correct language in the book. Although, I would suppose that, for the time period it was politically correct. It contains the story of Stephen A Ellison who was the first black commissioned officer in the US Army. In my opinion, that alone, makes it a book to read.
I have rated this book 4 stars. I have given it this rating because you will have to be dedicated to work your way through the strictly fact based details.
I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of "a special corps" composed of "persons of African descent"—the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw.
Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. When the 54th Massachusetts spearheaded the suicidal charge against Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863, the regiment was showered with acclaim, but that defining event was not its only illustrious moment.
After the devastating repulse at Fort Wagner left all of the unit's ranking officers dead or wounded, Captain Luis Fenellosa Emilio (1844-1918) emerged as the 54th's acting commander.
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