A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:
'Prof. Leonard, author of All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies, Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War, and several other interesting works, opens with a chapter providing a short overview of the role of black men in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Two chapters follow that deal directly with African American troops on the frontier. There follow three chapters that explore the struggle for racial progress during the post-Civil War era. These address racism as it affected black men in military service: hostile civilians, comrades, politicians, senior officers, and even Indians. There is a useful look at efforts to commission some black men, with profiles of the handful of African American cadets at West Point and the even fewer black line officers. The basic point of the book, that black troops performed their duties loyally and well, despite racism and hostility, seeking only to attain their rights as Americans, is well made, and this will prove a rewarding read for anyone interested in the frontier army or the military service of African Americans.'
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