Eagles on Their Buttons: A Black Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

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University of Missouri Press, 1999 - History - 113 pages

Eagles on Their Buttons is a fascinating examination of the Fifth Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops -- the Union Army's first black regiment from Ohio. Although the Fifth USCT was one of more than 150 regiments of black troops making up more than 10 percent of the Union Army at the end of the war, it was unique. The majority of USCT regiments were made up of freed men who viewed the army as an escape from slavery and a chance to take up arms against their former masters. The men serving in the 5th USCT, however, were freemen who were raised in a northern state and saw serving in the army both as a way to gain equal rights under the law and as an opportunity to prove their worth as men.

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Contents

Leaders
17
Training a Regiment for War
27
The Regiment Moves South
32
The Battle of New Market
50
Operations in North Carolina
65
Conclusion
77
APPENDIX B
78
APPENDIX C
79
X
82
APPENDIX A
86
APPENDIX D
87
APPENDIX E
89
NOTES
91
BIBLIOGRAPHY
103
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