Minden Armais, the Man of the New Race

Minden Armais, the Man of the New Race

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...We must now begin a desperate struggle, hand to hand, breast to breast with these resolute men. Who should General Gilmore select for that struggle, the endurance of which has hardly had a parallel? The choice has been made. Three days before, the order was written. By that order the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, had made the march to Morris Island; by that order, most honorable to their race, they were before the lines of our batteries. Among all the men General Gilmore had gathered on that island, seventeen thousand men of our own race, he had assigned them this place. At eight o'clock they began that death journey from the lines of our batteries to the broken slopes of Battery Wagner. Thirteen hundred yards intervened between these lines and that Battery when the bombardment began that morning. They yet intervened at this hour; a long reach of wet level sand, separating these black men from the thousand slaveholders who stood in that Battery. Our brave brothers, liege black men, move forward in solid regimental column. Lightning flashes along the horizon, thunder mutters in the distance. They move steadily on three hundred yards of this death journey. There, at once, before them the air is lit with sudden flashes and a terrible crash breaks through the darkness--a storm of shot and shell, sheets of iron hurtle by, pause, hurtle by again, as rain washes along the earth, driven by angry winds. Where the iron storm falls there is a mound of dead black men; but the broken regiment struggles through this driving storm; foot by foot, they make their way onward toward the Battery. Man after man is riven down from his companions, a long line of their dead lengthens behind them. But they struggle on; they reach that dark Battery;...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810643
  • 9781236810649