Army Life in a Black Regiment (Barnes & Noble Library of by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

By Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Military lifestyles in a Black Regiment is a riveting and empathetic account of the teachings realized from an come across among a brand new England highbrow and approximately one thousand newly freed slaves. within the fall of 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson used to be requested to take command of the first Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers, and he instantly understood the importance of the test and enthusiastically approved the location. Drawing generally from the diary he saved through the seventeen months he commanded the regiment, Higginson information the character of camp lifestyles, the drills and self-discipline of the boys, the expeditions up rivers and into the southern inside, and the invasion and career of Jacksonville, Florida. This literary vintage is stitched including dramatic occasions, genuine reporting, humor, and insightful mirrored image on human nature.

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We were now privates in the Infantry Corps! Here, 27 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 28 BEHIND ENEMY LINES NCOs were to be addressed by their rank. One only stood to attention for an officer, a godlike creature that to date we had only glimpsed as they floated about on mysterious errands. ‘Stewie’ then escorted us to the Q where we were issued with the infantry soldier’s tools of trade. Entrenching tool, helmet, rifle, bayonet and magazines and truly the most wondrous sleeping gear a man had ever seen.

We arrived on 1 August 1966. 38 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 39 4 SAS selection Rolling through the Swan Valley on ‘the Rattler’, I wondered what lay in store for us on arrival at Perth Central. Would there be someone to meet us? Where was the SAS Regiment located? But for the moment there was little else to do but relax and enjoy the final stages of the trip through Perth’s eastern suburbs. With a screeching of brakes and a last blast on the whistle, the rail link to the eastern states rolled into the platform.

Presently a corporal turned up. Guv, conscious of his recent award for champion soldier, leapt to his feet and screamed us to attention. The good Cpl almost fell over backwards in sheer surprise at our actions and then spent some time briefing us that Wagga was far behind us. We were now privates in the Infantry Corps! Here, 27 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 28 BEHIND ENEMY LINES NCOs were to be addressed by their rank. One only stood to attention for an officer, a godlike creature that to date we had only glimpsed as they floated about on mysterious errands.

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