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Brothers in Valor: Battlefield Stories of…

Brothers in Valor: Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded… (2019)

by Robert F. Jefferson, Jr.

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"This book provides the reader with a vivid portrait of African American soldiers who carried the flag of freedom and equality and how they reshaped the very definition of courage under fire during some of the most harrowing moments in the United States military past"--
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Jefferson, Robert F., Jr.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bluford, Col. Guion S., Jr.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Mario Spencer, Sophia, Gabriella, Logan, and my growing number of nieces and nephews.  To much is given, much is expected.
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Definitions of honor and service are always changing, perhaps never more so than in our world today.  (Foreword, Guion S. Buford, Jr.)
Before his death in 1906, noted essayist and poet luminary Paul Laurence Dunbar penned “The Colored Soldiers,” a literary paean commemorating the gallant exploits of men who risked all for a nation that seemed to be in the throes of historical forgetfulness.  (Introduction)
The paths that black Medal of Honor recipients took to the battlefields of the Civil War were just as diverse as the colors of the unit flags they swore to uphold.
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A bit of housekeeping: the website, as given on the book jacket, leaves out Jefferson's middle initial.  The correct citation is: www.robertfjeffersonjr.com.

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During the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863 Sgt. William Harvey Carney picked up the fallen flag from his lifeless comrade.   He waved the flag for all of the 54th Massacusetts Volunteer Infantry to see and led the way to the parapet to plant the colors.   After Col. Robert Gould Shaw was mortally wounded, Carney inspired his infantry forward.  Even after sustaining severe wounds, Carney proudly declared. “Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!”   After this battle, Carney became the first African American to win the Medal of Honor.

Since the Civil War, scores of African Americans have served with great distinction.  Through thousands of historical accounts, photographs, and documentary evidence, Robert Jefferson introduces the 89 black soldiers who continued forward when all odds were against them.   The heroes within these pages faced certain death and definite danger without flinching.


"For honor, duty, and liberty" : the Civil War and Black valor in deed and word, 1862-1865 -- Frontier honor : Black soldier heroes and the Indian wars, 1867-1897 -- "Honor to the race" : Black loyalists and the American wars for empire in Cuba and the Philippines, 1898-1917 -- Carrying the banner of hope : Freddie Stowers, Henry Johnson, and the war to end all wars, 1917-1918 -- Seizing the hero's mantle : World War II and the fight for the right to fight, 1941-1945 -- Cold War civil rights warriors : the Korean War and Black portraits of bravery, 1950-1953 -- All lives matter : the Vietnam War and Black heroism under fire, 1965-1973 -- From dusk to dawn : lessons of Black heroism for twenty-first-century America pantheon of heroes.
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