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© 2022 Spencer G Pirnik
American Studies | History
Formed from the 9th Louisiana Volunteers of African Descent, the 47th USCI (United States Colored Infantry) was one of many African American Regiments which saw service in the U.S. Army in the Civil War and was a participant at the battles of Milken’s Bend, the Yazoo City Expedition, the Siege of Fort Blakely. With very little in the way of surviving accounts from the regiment’s Black enlistees This project seeks to examine the challenges this regiment, like so many other USCT (United States Colored Troops) regiments, faced in terms of manpower, leadership, equipment, and health, arguing that the despite these challenges the 47th’s success as a regiment during the Civil War can be attributed to a mixture of training, high morale, and no small amount of good fortune.
Pirnik, Spencer Gregory. (2022). A Fearless Set of Men. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 430. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/430.