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On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front

by Gooding, James Henry and Adams, Virginia M.
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Issue: Summer 1999
ISBN: 155849202X

Until his capture and later death in 1864, Corporal Gooding of the 54th Massachusetts dispatched these eloquent letters to a Boston newspaper, describing the unit's assault on Ft. Wagner, the legislative effort to secure equal pay, and field occurrences such as the execution of a deserter.

review of On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front, by Gooding, James Henry, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 1999).