ullets, and when they got close enough, fighting with clubbed muskets, and retreating when they did retreat, by command and with choice white troops for company.
Edward L. Pierce, the correspondent of the New York Tribune, in a letter to Governor Andrew, dated July 22, 1863, wrote,—
I asked General Strong if he had any testimony in relation to the regiment to be communicated to you. These are his precise words, and I give them to you as I noted them at the time: The Fifty-fourth did weltlaws, to be delivered to the State authorities when captured, for trial; and the penalty of servile insurrection was death.
The fate of Captains Russel and Simpkins was also unknown.
It was thought possible that they too were captured.
Governor Andrew and the friends of the regiment therefore exerted themselves to have the Government throw out its protecting hand over its colored soldiers and their officers in the enemy's hands.
Two sections were at once added to General Orders No. 100