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“Historians have written important books on the role of blacks at West Point and in the late 19th century military, but no one has written as succinct and insightful an overview as Elizabeth Leonard. Her thorough research, excellent organization, and lucid prose make this publication worthy of a wide audience.” — John F. Marszalek, author of Assault at West Point
“Once again Elizabeth Leonard demonstrates the versatility and range of her skills as a historian and writer. This penetrating account of the black regular regiments in the U.S. Army after the Civil War joins her earlier studies of women during the Civil War and the prosecutors of Lincoln's assassins on a select shelf of important books. Of special note is her discussion of the ironies involved in the key role played by black soldiers in the wars that extinguished the title of other nonwhite Americans to millions of acres that their ancestors had possessed for thousands of years.” — James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry for Freedom
“Until the film in 1989, few Americans knew that black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Elizabeth D. Leonard's welcome new book examines African Americans in military service during the postwar decades, assessing their role in the Indian wars and westward expansion, as well as their often frustrating search for equality within the army and as citizens. Richly detailed and beautifully written, illuminates an important but neglected aspect of late-19th-century United States history.” — Gary W. Gallagher, author of Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War