Army Life in a Black Regiment (1882)

  NOTE: This text includes language used within the context of the Civil War and the First South Carolina Volunteers. The first officially recognized Black regiment of the Union Army was primarily composed of formerly enslaved people. While some terminology used back then is no longer acceptable, the words are presented within the verbatim transcription for historical accuracy. The Walden Woods Project does not condone or endorse insensitive or offensive language.


By Thomas Wentworth Higginson


Chapter I. Introductory.
Chapter II. Camp Diary.
Chapter III. Up the St. Mary’s.
Chapter IV. Up the St. John’s.
Chapter V. Out on Picket.
Chapter VI. A Night in the Water.
Chapter VII. Up the Edisto.
Chapter VIII. The Baby of the Regiment.
Chapter IX. Negro Spirituals.
Chapter X. Life at Camp Shaw.
Chapter XI. Florida Again?
Chapter XII. The Negro as a Soldier.
Chapter XIII. Conclusion.


Appendix A. Roster of Officers.
Appendix B. The First Black Soldiers.
Appendix C. General Saxton’s Instructions.
Appendix D. The Struggle for Pay.
Appendix E. Farewell Address of Lt.-Col. Trowbridge.