Coldstream Guards Book Report

Decent Essays
McClellan's soldiers had found the sniping worrisome enough, but even more disturbing was the disclosure that the slain enemy marksman had been a Negro. Tales of the deadly "darky sharpshooter" spread throughout the Union camp, and the daring black's exploits were later recorded in the postwar regimental history of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters. To men who had been raised on the fulminations of William Lloyd Garrison and uncle Tom's Cabin, it seemed incomprehensible that any black man could willingly serve the Confederacy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A British observer, Lt. Col. Arthur J. Fremantle of the Coldstream Guards, noted in his diary that he observed an armed black man leading a Union…show more content…
J. K. Obatala discovered that a group in Charleston, South Carolina, called the "Confederate Ethiopian Serenaders," turned over the proceeds from one of their concerts to help finance the production of gunboats and munitions, According to E. Merton Coulter, it was customary for blacks to hold balls and give money to aid patriotic causes and to support soldiers' families. Gary B. Mills found that the Louisiana Cane River Creoles of color publicly favored the Confederacy throughout the conflict. They deprived themselves and their families to help keep up Confederate forces. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By the end of 1864, the battered Confederacy was running out of time. On September 26, 1864, Governor Henry W. Allen of Louisiana wrote to the Confederate secretary of war urging him to take action at once. "The time has come for us to put
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