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Soldiering for Freedom: How the Union Army Recruited, Trained, and Deployed the U.S. Colored Troops.

Co-authored with John David Smith and drawing on primary sources, this book illusrates how how  former slaves and free blacks provided a variety of critical services and fought courageously for the Union Army during the last two years of the Civil War even though many whites held them in contempt and relegated the men of the U.S. Colored Troops to second class treatment compared to white soldiers.