Century, entitled The Colored Troops at Petersburg, in which he says:
There was but one division of colored troops in the Army of the Potomac—the Fourth division of the Ninth corps—organnized as follows: * * * *
This made a division of only nine regiments, divided into two brigades, yet it was numerically a large division.
The regiments were entirely full, and a colored deserter was a thing unknown.
On the day of the action the division numbered 4,300, of which 2,000 belonged to Seigfried's brigade and 2,300 to mine.
To assume that the number of flags captured represented the total number of regiments at the place of capture leads to a very erroneous result.
So far from there being only seventeen regiments in our works, there were probably more than double this number.
There went into our works three white divisions, the First (Ledlie's), the Second (Potter's), and the Third (Wilcox's), of the Ninth (Burnside) corps, about four regiments excepted, and after these th