THE SABLE ARM: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865. The SABLE ARM was the first work to fully chronicle the remarkable story of the nearly 180,000 black troops who served in the Union army.
THE SABLE ARM: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865, by Dudley Taylor Cornish. A bona fide classic. First published in 1956, The SABLE ARM has become a classic example of Civil War scholarship. It traces the development of Union policy on the use of black troops in the Union Army and analyzes the problems connected with the implementation of that policy. The concept was a daring one at the time of the Civil War.