Saucier, John. An We Ob Jubilee: The First South Carolina Volunteers. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing 2019. 320 pages, 268 pages of text. B/W illustrations, end notes, bibliography. ISBN 9781634991261, $22.99.
Thank you to Arcadia Publishing for sending along a complimentary review copy.
From the publisher website:
“Oh, praise an’ tanks! De Lord he come
To set de people free;
An’ massa tink it day ob doom,
An we ob jubilee.”
During the American Civil War more than 2,000 regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery mustered to fight in the conflict. Re-discover a regiment very little is known about: The first black regiment in the Union Army, the first to fight against Confederate soldiers and the first to be brigaded with white regiments–the 1st South Carolina Volunteers.
If this book is of interest to you I would also recommend Army Life in a Black Regiment: and Other Writings (Penguin Classics), written by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the white Colonel who was the first commander of the regiment.