Negro Idiosyncracies

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)

Negro Idiosyncracies

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Negroes are physically strong; Nature has endowed them with marvellous strength of limb and constitution. The color of skin, texture of hair, solidity of cranium, and perfect teeth are their safeguards against the malignant forces of the climate of Africa. Transplanted, the Negro bears well the semi-tropical climate of the Southern United States. Generations of servitude did not impair his physical virtues, but rather enhanced them. To the physical perfections of the Negro were added mental endowments not to be despised. In short, the Negro slaves were remarkable individuals. The slave's powerful physique, his celerity and poetry of movement, his sentiment and love of music, his firm attachment to friends, his deep longing for freedom, his splendid courage and power of endurance, his patience in suffering and hope in despair, his trust in God and instinct for the right, his cunning aptitude and perfect obedience eminently qualified him for military service in the imperilled cause of the Union in the War of the Rebellion.

Keywords: Negroes; slaves; War of Rebellion; Union; United States; military service

Chapter.  986 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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