Concise history of the valiant service of New Yorks African American soldiers.
The heroic saga of New York States African American soldiers, largely untold, comes to life in these pages. Drawing on a wealth of sources, some newly discovered, author Anthony F. Gero tells of their two centuries of struggle and triumph, beginning with the French and Indian War and continuing until 1950, when the United States Army and New Yorks National Guard became integrated. Their legacy is vividly illustrated by the heroism of the 369th United States Infantry (previously the 15th New York) during the American advance in the Argonne-Meuse in 1918. Private Dorrance Brooks from New York City was killed in action as he led his companys survivors forward after all its officers had been killed or wounded. Black Soldiers of New York State demonstrates how in spite of many obstaclesincluding ongoing prejudice within their own countrythe African American soldiers from New York State served courageously and valiantly, winning many commendations and earning the respect of friend and foe alike.
Black Soldiers of New York State is a quick read and an interesting one. Readers who want to know more about how black men have contributed to national defense since colonial times will want to add the book to their libraries. Journal of Americas Military Past
Geros slim but informative volume examines the contributions of black New Yorkers throughout the nations conflicts this study pays much needed attention to the legacy of these often-neglected New York heroes. CHOICE
Black Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy is a wonderful literary answer to the problem of military historians overlooking the military service of black Americans for too long Professor Geros latest effort is one that is thoroughly studious, lavishly annotated, and extensively researched. David Kaufman, Military Historian
This book is necessary and outstanding. William Gladstone