I just wanted to take a quick minute to give props to the new PBS documentary called For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots.
This 2-hour film gives the entire history of blacks in the military, with a good portion devoted to the American Civil War. Standard stories such as Robert Smalls’ commandeering of the USS Planter, the 54th Massachusetts’s attack on Battery Wagner, and (my favorite, of course) the story of the fourteen Medal of Honor winners at New Market Heights are competently and compellingly told. More controversial topics like Fort Pillow, Saltville, and other "massacres" are avoided, but the documentary is still very much worth watching.
For more information, check out: http://www.forloveofliberty.org/