Private John N. Sharper, 11th U.S. Colored Artillery

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Mark F. Jenkins

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As it turns out, I had a relative that was a Union recruiter of Colored Troops. I really like this side of the story. I'm getting ready to read Barbara Tomblin's Bluejackets and Contrabands: African American Sailors in the Union Navy and Steven Ramold's Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy. Has anyone read either of these? Thoughts on the books? Is there a better volume for the topic?
I've read both Tomblin and Ramold, and they're both quite good. IIRC, they have slightly different angles, though complementary rather than contradictory.
 
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