Between Red & Green: Narrative of the Black Brigade by Tyrone Williams


Narrative of the  Black Brigade:  On September 2, 1862, Cincinnati’s mayor, fearing an imminent invasion by Confederate forces, ordered police to draft men to build forts across the Ohio River in northern Kentucky. The police forcefully rounded up three hundred free black men in the city, brought them to the riverfront and placed them in cages. The next day Federal officer William Dickson, in charge of building the fortifications, ordered the men released, informing them they could, if they wanted to, volunteer to assist in the building of the forts. The next morning more than seven hundred black men showed up. Shortly after the forts were completed, a regiment of confederate forces approached the city but, noticing how well-armed and fortified it was, swung east, avoiding all contact with the volunteer Union conscripts.


  • Tyrone WilliamsKind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 40
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: October 2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-61-7


your father
my husband
sleeps far
from us
this first of
heaven knows
how many


Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of three books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008 and The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009) and several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). He has completed a manuscript of poetry commissioned by Atelos Books. His website is at http://

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Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in