loose kind of way which, like average militia training, is a doubtful advantage.
I notice that some companies, too, look darker than others, though all are purer African than I expected.
This is said to be partly a geographical difference between the South Carolina and Florida men. When the Rebels evacuated this region they proba-meeting, which they know only as a shout.
These fires are usually enclosed in a little booth, made neatly of palm-leaves and covered in at top, a regular native African hut, in short, such as is pictured in books, and such as I once got up from dried palm-leaves for a fair at home.
This hut is now crammed with men, singing at thmpressive.
I tried persuasion, orthography, threats, tobacco, all in vain.
I could not pass in. Of course my pride was up; for was I to defer to an untutored African on a point of pronunciation?
Classic shades of Harvard, forbid!
Affecting scornful indifference, I tried to edge away, proposing to myself to enter the camp at
rized and instructed, 1st, To organize in any convenient organization, by squads, companies, battalions, regiments, and brigades, or otherwise, colored persons of African descent for volunteer laborers, to a number not exceeding fifty thousand, and muster them into the service of the United States for the term of the war, at a ratecaptivity and murder by the enemy, you are also authorized to arm, uniform, equip, and receive into the service of the United States, such number of volunteers of African descent as you may deem expedient, not exceeding five thousand, and may detail officers to instruct them in military drill, discipline, and duty, and to command tds and plantations heretofore occupied by the Government, and secure and harvest the crops, and cultivate and improve the plantations.
The population of African descent that cultivate the lands and perform the labor of the rebels constitute a large share of their military strength, and enable the white masters to fill the