The Black Phalanx: A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775-1812, 1861 - '65

Book owned by the Dennis family

Published by
American Publishing Company, American, 1868 - 1905
Written by
Wilson, Joseph T., American, 1836 - 1891
Subject of
Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, American, founded 2001
ink on paper, cardboard, and book cloth (textile material)
H x W: 9 × 6 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (22.9 × 16.5 × 4.4 cm)
This is a hardcover book, crimson in color, with extensive illustrations on the front cover. The title is written on a waving gold banner located in the top half of the front cover; the banner appears to be apart of a collage of military paraphernalia drawn in contrasting black ink, including a drum, saber, musket, and flag pole, which begins at a lower point on the cover. These items appear to have been pushed through an illustrated gaping hole of sunlight in the bottom right quadrant of the front cover. On the spine of the book is the title engraved in gold leaf in horizontally oriented text which reads [THE/HISTORY/OF THE/BLACK/PHALANX]. Below the title is a gold leaf shield filled with black text which reads [AMERICAN/PUBLISHING/COMPANY,/HARTFORD/CONN.].
African American
United States--History--1865-1921
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of M. Denise Dennis, in honor of the Dennis Family
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

NOTE: Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at