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Cowden, Robert
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE ORGANIZATION AND SERVICES OF THE FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT OF UNITED STATES COLORED INFANTRY, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
Dayton. Oh.: United Brethren Publishing House, 1883. 293pp. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Soiling and edge wear to cloth, spine ends and corners worn. Front free endpaper excised, rear hinge starting. Occasional spotting to text. Good plus. A rare regimental history of the exploits of an African-American Civil War unit, composed largely of freedmen from Tennessee and commanded by officers mainly from Ohio. Initially, the name of the regiment was the First Tennessee Infantry (African Descent), but was changed to the 59th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry in March 1864. The regiment saw most of their action in the Volunteer State, often against Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate forces. Cowden's work is comprised of a history of the war from the first ordinance of secession through the muster-out of the regiment. The history covers the organization of the regiment, their early drills, their move to Memphis, their part in the disastrous Battle of Brice's Cross Roads (also known as the Guntown Disaster), and their participation in the battles at Pontotoc, Tupelo, and Harrisburg. Luckily for them, the 59th USCT were not present at the Battle of Fort Pillow. The unit's history is followed by short biographical sketches of the white officers of the regiment, along with some of their post-war correspondence. The author, Colonel Robert Cowden, achieved great success in organizing the Fifty-Ninth Regiment. He also commanded the troops assigned to capture John Wilkes Booth, and later testified at the trial of the surviving Lincoln assassination conspira … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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