Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Brig.-Gen. Rufus Saxton” in chapter 1, page 90 of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative:

...nston. It may be proper to refer again to a fact already mentioned, that the first regiment of freed slaves formed during the war was formed of South Carolina and Florida recruits (volunteers) by Brig.-Gen. Rufus Saxton , military governor of the Department of the South,—he being a Massachusetts man, —and that its organization was intrusted to another Massachusetts man, Col. T. W. Higginson. The surgeon...
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