Presents a record of a white doctor's service with African American troops during the Civil War.
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RICHARD M. REID is professor of history, University of Guelph, and author of Freedom for Themselves: Black North Carolina Soldiers and Their Families in the Civil War.
"Wilder's diary is a rich text for historians of the Civil War, black troops, medicine, the South, race, and the history of American natural science. It includes detailed information on Civil War medicine, on the day-to-day experiences of a white officer in a black regiment, on the black troops themselves, and the innumerable issues (fatigue labor versus combat, discrimination in terms of equipment, pay, status, medical care) that defined life for the men of the U.S. Colored Troops. Wilder's is an important voice that needs to be heard by a broad range of scholars and students of Civil War and late nineteenth-century America." - John David Smith, editor of Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era"