American Revolution and the U.S. Civil War
These volumes from the Naval War College Rare Book Collection highlight the roles of African-Americans in American military history from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Click on the image to read more about the books and authors.
Over 180,000 African Americans fought during the U.S. Civil War. Two of the better known regiments, the 54th Massachusetts (made famous in the modern era by the film Glory) and the Louisiana Native Guards are featured in these works.
The Black Phalanx, written by Joseph T. Wilson, veteran of the 54th Massachusetts regiment, illustrates the courage and hardship of America's African American sailors and soldiers throughout American history from the Revolution through the Civil War.
The song "The Black Regiment" in American War Ballads celebrated the heroism of the nation's first African-American regiment of the Civil War at the Battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Lt. Col. Charles S. Greene's Thrilling stories of the great rebellion includes narratives of slaves, free blacks and volunteers during the Civil War from the perspective of a Union veteran.