A Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War
Melvin Claxton & Mark Puls
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'With the air of intimacy that only comes from intensive research, "Uncommon Valor" vividly shows us the contributions made by escaped slaves, ex-slaves, and freemen to the Union cause' - Gene Smith, author of "Lee and Grant".Christian Fleetwood had mixed feelings about America, and America had mixed feelings about him. As a free twenty-three-year-old black man living in Baltimore, with the Civil War raging, he understood well all that was worrisome and all that was inspiring in his war-torn country. A few days after Gettysburg, as his hometown was flooded with horribly wounded soldiers, Fleetwood made a momentous and patriotic decision. He enlisted."Uncommon Valor" tells the powerful story of how Sergeant Fleetwood and his fellow 'colored' troops overcame oppression, suspicion, derision, and a ceaseless torrent of Confederate gunfire to overrun a heavily fortified rebel position against impossible odds. For outstanding bravery and devotion beyond the call of duty, Fleetwood and thirteen of his comrades were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Based on personal diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts, this riveting tale takes you deep into the heat of battle and beyond, as these heroic soldiers are forced to fight two wars at once - one against the enemy, the other against their own white commanders and fellow troops. The Civil War produced hundreds of heroes and thousands of thrilling accounts of their brave and glorious deeds. None is more moving, compelling, or inspiring than "Uncommon Valor".