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P. Hallowell, the treasurer, who was a brother of the Hallowells commissioned in the Fifty-fourth. A call for recruits was published in a hundred journals from east to west. Friends whose views were known were communicated with, and their aid solicited; but the response was not for a time encouraging With the need came the man. Excepting Governor Andrew, the highest praise for recruiting the Fifty-fourth belongs to George L. Stearns, who had been closely identified with the struggle in Kansas and John Brown's projects. He was appointed agent for the committee, and about February 23 went west on his mission. Mr. Stearns stopped at Rochester, N. Y., to ask the aid of Fred Douglass, receiving hearty co-operation, and enrolling a son of Douglass as his first recruit. His headquarters were made at Buffalo, and a line of recruiting posts from Boston to St. Louis established. Soon such success was met with in the work that after filling the Fifty-fourth the number of recruits was
by it was an old barn in which the supplies were stored when they arrived. On the edge of a cleared field the men pitched shelters for the night. Col. James Montgomery, commanding the post, was a noted man. He was born in Ohio, in 1814. In Kansas, from 1856 to 1861, he was the central figure in the Free State party. Early in the war he was for a time colonel of a Kansas regiment. By bold raids into the enemy's country in 1863, he recruited his colored regiment. He was a man of austere bearing, cool, deliberate, and of proved courage. In personal appearance he was tall, spare, rather bowed, with gentle voice and quiet manner. After his resignation in September, 1864, he returned to Kansas, and died there in December, 1871. Colonel Montgomery, with five companies of his regiment, on June 6, had made an expedition from St. Simon's up the Turtle River to Brunswick and beyond, and destroyed a span of the railroad bridge over Buffalo Creek. Quartermaster Ritchie issued A and w
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 7: bombardment of Charleston. (search)
to pay you. You must remember you have not proved yourselves soldiers. You must take notice that the Government has virtually paid you a thousand dollars apiece for setting you free. Nor should you expect to be placed on the same footing with white men. Any one listening to your shouting and singing can see how grotesquely ignorant you are. I am your friend and the friend of the negro. I was the first person in the country to employ nigger soldiers in the United States Army. I was out in Kansas. I was short of men. I had a lot of niggers and a lot of mules; and you know a nigger and a mule go very well together. I therefore enlisted the niggers, and made teamsters of them. In refusing to take the pay offered you, and what you are only legally entitled to, you are guilty of insubordination and mutiny, and can be tried and shot by court-martial. Montgomery besides made some gross and invidious insinuations and reflections because the Fifty-fourth men were so light-colored, wh
50, 183, 188, 202, 204, 205, 233. Jones, Iredell, 95. Jones, Samuel, 100, 185,195,208, 212, 257. Jones, Samuel, letter to Braxton Bragg, 195. Jones, sutler, 177. Joy, Charles F., 276, 291, 316, 317. Joy Street Church, 12. Junction with Western Army, 266. K. K Company, 20, 38, 54, 55, 73, 75, 91, 118, 140, 145, 148, 150, 155, 164, 168, 184, 188, 198, 202, 204, 206, 215, 221, 222, 223, 231, 232, 234, 237, 245, 246, 263, 286, 291, 297, 304, 309, 310, 311, 312, 315, 316, 317. Kansas Troops. Infantry: First (Colored), 2. Keitt, L. M., 122, 123. Kelly, Rev. Mr., 10. Kemble, Fanny, 45. King, Private, 147. King, Robert, 243. King, T. Butler, 45. King's Creek, S. C., 208. Kingsbury, C. P., 317. Kingstree, S. C., 291. Kingstree Bridge, 292. Kingsville, S. C., 289. Kingsley, E. W., 16. Knight, A. A., 175. Knowles, Alfred H., 145, 176, 183, 202, 237, 260, 288. Kurtz, John, 31, 319. L. L Company, 149. Labor besieging Wagner, 125. Ladies' Commit