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by Robert Mikulak Lifestyle
Book Focuses On Black Soldiers From White
Plains In Civil War
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Edythe Ann Quinn, a Hartwick College history
professor, has
written "Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and The Hills Community,
Westchester County, New
York."
Quinn’s book is the story of 36 AfricanAmerican
men who drew upon their shared community of The Hills for
support as they fought in the Civil War. The Hills Community is what is now
known as Silver Lake or West
Harrison, crossing into White Plains and North Castle.
The work was published by SUNY Press and released six weeks ahead of
schedule due to a large number of preorders.
According to the publisher’s website, “Through wonderfully detailed
letters, recruit rosters and pension records, Edythe Ann Quinn shares the
story of thirtyfive
African American Civil War soldiers and the United States Colored Troop
(USCT) regiments with which they served.
Associated with The Hills community in Westchester County, the soldiers
served in three regiments: the 29th Connecticut Infantry, 14th Rhode
Island Heavy Artillery (11th USCT), and the 20th USCT. The thirtysixth
Hills man served in the Navy.
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Edythe Ann Quinn Photo Credit: Contributed
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Their ties to family, land, church, school and occupational experiences at
home buffered the brutal indifference of boredom and battle, the
ravages of illness, the deprivations of unequal pay and the hostility of
some commissioned officers and white troops. At the same time, their
service among kith and kin bolstered their determination and pride. They
marched together, first as raw recruits and finally as seasoned
veterans, welcomed home by generals, politicians and above all, their
families and friends.”
Quinn is a professor of history and founding member of the United States
Colored Troops Institute at Hartwick, which is in Oneon. She
researches and teaches northern AfricanAmerican
community history and Race and Ethnicity in American history, among other
areas of
interest.
“What distinguishes Freedom Journey from other Civil War books is its
combined histories of The Hills community, three regiments, and the
experiences of the veterans on their return home,” explained Quinn. “The
14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery and 29th Connecticut Infantry did
not have modern regimental histories, and now they do and from the
soldiers’ perspectives.”
For more information, contact Quinn at 6074314883
or quinne at hartwick.edu.
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