Edward A. Wild and the African Brigade in the Civil War

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 325 pages
Edward Wild, the Union general who headed the all-black African Brigade in the Civil War, was one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century. The man was neither understood nor appreciated by military or civilian, black or white, Northerner or Southerner. Wild was placed in charge of the United States Colored Troops and told to free slaves and gain recruits. He freed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of slaves and settled them safely on Roanoke Island. He also did some inexplicable things, including taking women as hostages and ordering a great deal of property destruction.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1
Captain Wild United States Army 1861
19
Colonel Wild 35th Regiment United States Army 1862
34
Fort Powhatan Wilsons Wharf
161
CourtMartial of General Wild
183
The Final Months of the War July 1864 to May 1865
194
The Freedmens Bureau in Georgia and the Chennault Affair
211
The Search for Silver
245
Epilogue
264
Bibliography
311
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