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The Daily Dispatch: July 8, 1862., [Electronic resource], An Incident. (search)
An Incident. Various instances are related of the faithfulness and zeal of the negro population, on whom the abolitionists counted for a strong alliance at the outset of the war. A few days ago, a slave named William, the property of Mr. Ware, residing near this city, and a free man of color named Horace, purchased a wagon with their own money, filled it with bread, cakes, and other articles of food, and proceeded down near the battle ground. Here they found many of our gallant soldiers, weary with fighting, and halt famished, and the thoughtful negroes forthwith proceeded to relieve their immediate wants by the distribution of the contents of their vehicle. They steadily refused any compensation, and having finished their work of returned to the city, happier by far than some gives of their , little to the cause, and that little grudgingly.