The Sable Arm

Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865

Dudley Taylor Cornish

Listed in Civil War Magazine by Gary W. Gallagher as one of the 200 Best Civil War Books ever published.

A bona fide classic, The Sable Arm was the first work to fully chronicle the remarkable story of the nearly 180,000 black troops who served in the Union army. This work paved the way for the exploration of the black military experience in other wars. This edition, with a new foreword by Herman Hattaway and bibliographical essay by the author, makes available once again a pioneering work that will be especially useful for scholars and students of Civil War, black, and military history.

“This classic book will provide a whole new generation of Civil War enthusiasts with a better understanding of this integral part of the war’s history.”

Civil War Book Exchange & Collector’s Newspaper

“Excellent. . . . Recommended for all black studies collections, Civil War collections, and inclusive history collections in public, college, and university libraries.”

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