Introductory: Negro Soldiers in Ancient Times

George Washington Williams

in A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233854
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240807 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War (FUP)

Introductory: Negro Soldiers in Ancient Times

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The Negro appears in the military history of Egypt for the first time in the Inscriptions of Una, who was crown-bearer, or Secretary of State, under King Pepi during the Sixth Dynasty. Down to this time, the Egyptian Empire had enjoyed comparative quiet, but the Sixth Dynasty clearly marks the beginning of the military epoch. At a period unknown to history prior to the Sixth Dynasty, the Negro tribes to the south of King Pepi became tributary to the Egyptian Empire. These Negroes evidently had won a reputation for soldierly qualities, else they would not have been recruited for service in the Egyptian army. The military paintings connected with the campaigns of the Egyptians during the Eighteenth Dynasty represent Negro soldiers as numerous. From about 3,000 years before the Christian era, until the birth and establishment of Christianity, there is an unbroken chain of historical evidence for the military employment of Negroes.

Keywords: Negroes; Egypt; military history; Negro soldiers; King Pepi; Sixth Dynasty; army; Christianity

Chapter.  2628 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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