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Created To Be Free
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The historical novel, Created To Be Free, is based on the 83-year life story of an ex-slave named Toby who joined the Union Army during the Civil War. After escaping from a Chowan County plantation, at the age of eighteen he enlisted on January 1, 1864. He joined the 103rd Pennsylvania Volunteers when the regiment was garrisoned at Plymouth, North Carolina. Only recently did the author discover that her ancestor was unique because he had served in a white regiment. Historians have recorded black soldiers as having been only in the 166 USCT regiments.

However, the dark-complexioned Crowder Pacien, along with eleven other blacks, had enlisted in four of the white regiments that had been garrisoned at Plymouth prior to the battle fought there. After being told by historians that there had been no black soldiers in white regiments when she knew there had been at least one, the author embarked on a venture to discover other such men, and she has.

((2001), 2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 398 pp.
ISBN: 1585497045