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Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America by Douglas R. Egerton (review)

Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America by Douglas R. Egerton... that it is an anomaly in the book. Another issue with Driven from Home is in the sample Silkenat examines. The refugee population in the North Carolina piedmont and especially the area around New Bern seems to be a rather small sample. While he notes Massey’s shortcoming in examining only the elite, in some respects he commits the same error: he tries to cover the full array of the refugee experience, but in only a very limited locale. One wonders, was the experience of refugees in the piedmont area repre- sentative of the total southern refugee experience? Mary A. DeCredico mary a . decredico is a professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of Patriotism for Profit: Georgia’s Urban Entrepreneurs and the Confederate War Effort (University of North Carolina Press, 1990) and Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Confederate Woman’s Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America. By Douglas R. Egerton. (New York: Basic Books, 2016. Pp. 429. Cloth, $32.00.) To many Americans, the African American Civil War military experi- ence begins and ends with the story of a single black Massachusetts regi- ment as told in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America by Douglas R. Egerton (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 8 (1) – Mar 6, 2018

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that it is an anomaly in the book. Another issue with Driven from Home is in the sample Silkenat examines. The refugee population in the North Carolina piedmont and especially the area around New Bern seems to be a rather small sample. While he notes Massey’s shortcoming in examining only the elite, in some respects he commits the same error: he tries to cover the full array of the refugee experience, but in only a very limited locale. One wonders, was the experience of refugees in the piedmont area repre- sentative of the total southern refugee experience? Mary A. DeCredico mary a . decredico is a professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of Patriotism for Profit: Georgia’s Urban Entrepreneurs and the Confederate War Effort (University of North Carolina Press, 1990) and Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Confederate Woman’s Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America. By Douglas R. Egerton. (New York: Basic Books, 2016. Pp. 429. Cloth, $32.00.) To many Americans, the African American Civil War military experi- ence begins and ends with the story of a single black Massachusetts regi- ment as told in

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 6, 2018

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