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Welcome to the Full-Text Reading Room, where you will find hours of full-text reading on South Carolina, Georgia and Florida history. We invite you to explore the full-text books and articles here. If you know of great full-text resources we should include here, please contact us!


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Army Life in a Black Regiment

by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

During the Civil War, Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) commanded the First South Carolina Volunteers (later the 33rd USCT), the first regiment of federal soldiers comprised of freed slaves. Higginson’s narrative of camp and field is a vivid portrait of the men who served in the First South Carolina Volunteers. You may also download this book as an audio file in MP3, Ipod or Itunes format from Loyal Books. VIEW

History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865

by Luis Fenollosa Emilio

In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of “a special corps” composed of “persons of African descent”— the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. This book documents the entire history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, from recruitment in 1863 through to disbandment in 1865. VIEW

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Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers

by Susie King Taylor

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) was the first African American army nurse. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers is her account of her experiences in the Port Royal encampment of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, which later became the 33rd United States Colored Troops (USCT). VIEW

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What Became of Slaves on a Georgia Plantation? Great Auction Sale of Slaves, at Savannah Georgia, March 2d and 3d, 1859

by M. Thomson

In March of 1857, 436 men, women, and children enslaved by planter Pierce Butler were auctioned at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. Butler was reportedly $700,000 in debt after inheriting a portion of the Butler family estate twenty years earlier. The management of Butler’s share of the estate was transferred to trustees who sold plantations and enslaved people to satisfy Butler’s debts. This, largest slave sale in the history of the United States became known as “the weeping time.” VIEW

Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839

by Frances Anne Kemble

In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of “a special corps” composed of “persons of African descent”— the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. This book documents the entire history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, from recruitment in 1863 through to disbandment in 1865. VIEW

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Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War

by Frances Butler Leigh

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) was the first African American army nurse. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers is her account of her experiences in the Port Royal encampment of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, which later became the 33rd United States Colored Troops (USCT). VIEW

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