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In the Army of the Cumberland (1864)

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233854.003.0013

Series: The North's Civil War (FUP)

In the Army of the Cumberland (1864)

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The recruitment of Negro soldiers during the War of the Rebellion began in the early autumn of 1863, at Nashville, Tennessee, but there was little disposition to bring them into conflict with the enemy in the Department of the Cumberland. The great battles, with but few exceptions, had been fought while the effort to arm Negroes in this Department was in a tentative form. The entire effective force of this army was in the field, and most of the troops were from the Border States, with strong prejudices against the Negro. The officers had little or no time to discuss the fighting qualities of Negro soldiers, and were quite willing to be relieved of the question altogether. On August, 15, 1864, General Joseph Wheeler attacked the Union forces in garrison at Dalton, Georgia. General James B. Steedman was in command of the District of the Etowah, with headquarters at Chattanooga.

Keywords: Negro soldiers; War of Rebellion; Nashville; Department of Cumberland; army; Joseph Wheeler; James B. Steedman

Chapter.  5451 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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