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The Daily Dispatch: July 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], Experience of a "Contraband" in the Yankee lines. (search)
battle he succeeded in eluding the Federal pickets, and passed into our lines. He was subsequently sent to Charleston and afterwards turned over to his master. Robert states that the Yankees are organizing companies of contrabands, at a place called "Fish Hall," or Hilton Head, and that it is their intention to from them into a regiment. He explains the modus operandi by which the negroes are induced to enter the service. Religious meetings are held at stated periods, at which a Rev. Mr. Wilson officiates. At these meetings an "enrolling officer" was always present who proceeded to take the names of the able-bodied men present. These were asked to volunteer, and those who refused-by far the greater number — were forcibly sent to Fish Hall and mustered into service. He attended one meeting, which was addressed by a colored brother from the North. A sentinel stood at the door, (as was the invariable custom,) while the colored brother harangued his audience in behalf of a Ch