The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity.
The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity.

The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity.


First history of African Americans in the Civil War written by abolitionist and novelist William Wells Brown, the author of the first novel written by an African American—Clotel (1853).

Brown’s comprehensive history of the rebellion includes discussions of black contributions to the American Revolution—possibly the first-ever such treatment, though brief, by an historian—and the War of 1812 as well as pre-Civil War slave revolts by Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina, Nat Turner in Virginia, and Madison Washington during a voyage to New Orleans, plus John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.

Brown’s main focus in the book is on the heroism of the black soldier, over half of whom were formerly enslaved. Separate chapters, for example, are devoted to “The Black Brigade of Cincinnati,” the “Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment,” “Freedmen Under Fire in Mississippi,” the Sixth U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, and “Injustice to Colored Troops.”

In addition, there are chapters on the Battle of Milliken’s Bend (Louisiana), Battle Port of Port Hudson (Louisiana), Battle of Olustee (Florida), Battle of Poisoned Springs (Arkansas), Battle of Honey Hill (South Carolina), and the Fort Pillow Massacre (Tennessee).

Post-war chapters examine “President Andrew Johnson,” “Ill Treatment of Colored People South,” and “Protection for the Colored People.”

“During the war Brown…continued to publish. The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius and His Achievements, a compendium of biographical vignettes of people of African descent, appeared in 1863. Four years later Brown published The Negro in the American Rebellion: His Heroism and his Fidelity. The first history of black involvement in the Civil War, it was set in the context of black contributions to the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Brown’s final historical study, The Rising Son; or, The Antecedents and Advancement of the Colored Race, appeared in 1873.” (ANB)


Description: The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity.

Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1867. First Edition. xvi, 380pp. 8vo. Half black sheep and marbled boards; gilt titling and rules on spine; all edges sprinkled. Brief rubbing to leather; some foxing and offsetting from leather on endpapers; very good.

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Sabin 8595. Work, p398. Blockson Catalogue 3521. LCP/HCP Afro- Americana 1731. Nevins I:208.


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