But this average is manifestly too small, when we consider the statement of Colonel Henry G. Thomas, who commanded the Second brigade of the Fourth division (Ferrero's) of the Ninth corps, made in his article in the September number, 1887, of the Century, entitled The Colored Troops at Petersburg, in which he says:
Therelie's), the Second (Potter's), and the Third (Wilcox's), of the Ninth (Burnside) corps, about four regiments excepted, and after these the colored division of General Ferrero.
This appears from the following paragraph in the testimony of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles G. Loring, of General Burnside's staff, before the Committee on the more, or it might be less.
It could not have been much less, however; that is as near as I can judge.
Colonel H. G. Thomas, commanding the Second brigade of Ferrero's (colored) division, on the stand:
Ques.—Did you get beyond the line of the Crater with your troops?
Ans.—I did, sir.