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Saber and Scroll

Abstract

The 8th United States Colored Troop (USCT) suffered the heaviest regimental loss in the battle of Olustee in the Civil War, yet this regiment and its colonel Charles Wesley Fribley showed great courage under fire. According to Carlton McCarthy, a private in the Richmond Howitzers, a soldier must be brave in battle: “His courage must never fail. He must be manly and independent.” Black troops fought for more than manliness and independence; they fought for freedom.

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