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“ON THE FOOTING OF SOLDIERS”

Bruce Levine

in Confederate Emancipation

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147629
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.003.0006
“ON THE FOOTING OF SOLDIERS”

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This chapter picks up the narrative thread of Chapter 1, tracing the growth of support for and the eventual enactment of a black-troops law between the end of 1864 and March / April of 1865. It examines the changes in public opinion and in the minds of the soldiery by the military developments of those final six months. It looks closely at the provisions of the law that Congress finally and narrowly passed and then evaluates the Confederacy's attempts to implement that law by actually recruiting and training black troops — and at the very meager results that those attempts yielded.

Keywords: slaves; South; war; emancipation; Confederate; Confederacy; Union; Jefferson Davis

Chapter.  8905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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