Army Life in a Black Regiment: and Other Writings by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

By Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Для сайта:Мир книгIn 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson used to be commissioned as a colonel to go the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves. A Civil warfare memoir written by means of an abolitionist, this article is the stirring background of the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves shaped to struggle within the Civil conflict.

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It certainly is not the result of exhortation, for there has been no occasion for any, and even the pledge would scarcely seem efficacious where hardly anybody can write. I do not think there is a great visible eagerness for to-morrow s festival: it is not their way to be very jubilant over anything this New Jerusalem. They know also that those in this are nominally free already, and that the practical Department freedom has to be maintained, in any event, by military success. But they will enjoy it greatly, and we shall have a multitude of side of the people.

Moreover, the great need of is uniformity panies, artist s eye to this: and even that, in the field, soldiers of different of different regiments, are liable to com be inter mingled, and a diversity of orders may throw everything into confusion. Confusion means Bull Run.

Den I hide in de bush till morn I Den ing. open my bundle, and take ole white shirt and tie him on ole pole and wave him, and ebry time de wind blow, I been-atremble, and drap down in de bushes," because, being between two fires, he doubted whether friend or foe would see his signal first. And so on, with a succession of tricks beyond Molire, of acts of caution, foresight, patient cunning, which were listened to with infinite gusto and perfect comprehension by every listener. "Den And I see all this to a bivouac of negro soldiers, with the brilliant and gleaming from their shining up black faces, eyes and teeth all white with tumultuous glee.

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