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We Look Like Men of War

William R. Forstchen

Forge Books

From the bestselling author of The Lost Regiment series comes a factually based narrative of the black military experience in the Civil War.

We Look Like Men of War

"I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man...."

Thus begins the poignant story of Samuel Washburn, born a slave in 1850. A young master's cruelty leads to an unforeseen confrontation, which forces Sam and his cousin to flee the plantation. They run north to freedom, only to return south to fight for the greater cause.

Though still a boy, Sam becomes a regimental drummer with a "colored regiment" and sees action in the Wilderness campaign at Fredericksburg and Petersburg, as well as at the bloody Battle of the Crater in July of 1864.

Sam's voice offers a unique and insightful perspective on the carnage of the War Between the States and the toll it took on both young and old, black and white.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Chapter 1
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 1895
 
 
I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man. The words sound wonderful when they roll off your tongue--a free man. You almost want to bite into the words and chew on them for a while, to taste their sweetness, and their bitterness. You get the urge to say them real slow, almost afraid that they might just up and disappear on you.
The word freedom certainly has an awe-inspiring power to it. I don't think white folks really understand just how powerful it truly is. They were, after all,
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  • William R. Forstchen

  • William R. Forstchen is a professor of history at Montreat College in North Carolina. He did his doctoral thesis on the 28th U.S. Colored Troops who fought during the Civil War.

    He is also the author of the bestselling SF Civil War series The Lost Regiment. Forstchen was Newt Gingrich's coauthor on the bestselling alternate history novel 1945 and was coeditor of the nonfiction anthology It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
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