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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative 1 1 Browse Search
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bility without shrinking. It must also be remembered that the early organizers and officers of the colored troops fought, in a manner, with ropes round their necks, both they and their black recruits having been expressly denied by the Confederate government the privileges of soldiers. After Fort Pillow the negroes were not acknowledged as prisoners, and went through with the company as waiters and hostlers. (John V. Barkley of Co. C, 2d Tenn. Cavalry, Round Table, Nashville, Tenn., March 8, 1890.) Compare Walcott's 21st Mass. Infantry, p. 427. The resolution passed by the Confederate Congress in regard to officers was as follows: Sect. 4. That every white person, being a commissioned officer, or acting as such, who, during the present war, shall command negroes or mulattoes in arms against the Confederate States, or who shall arm, train, organize, or prepare negroes or mulattoes for military service against the Confederate States, or who shall voluntarily aid negroes or mulatto