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t had not, like the rest, been disbanded, made that the basis of a reorganization of the regiment under the same name; and, under authority from the War Department dated Aug. 25, 1862, For this letter of instructions see my Army Life in a Black Regiment, p. 278. made it the pioneer of the whole subsequent series of slave-regiments. Now, General Saxton was a Massachusetts man; so was the colonel whom he put in charge of the regiment (T. W. Higginson); so was the first officer, detailed Aug. 4, 1862, to recruit for the 1st Kansas colored regiment (Capt. R. J. Hinton); so was Maj.-Gen. B. F. Butler, who recruited (Aug. 25, 1862) three regiments of free colored men in New Orleans. These five were the only colored regiments of the year 1862. The first colored regiment recruited by any Eastern State was the 54th Mass. (Feb. 9, 1863), commanded by Col. R. G. Shaw, whose subsequent death and burial among his soldiers at Fort Wagner was the most picturesque and striking event in the whol