werry much to ‘commodate you, sar, but I'se ‘sponsible for de spoons, sar.”
's servant was responsible, in his own opinion, for the good appearance of his master's table, and if he had not been able to secure the bacon, he would have suffered as many agonies as Louis XIV.'s grand valet did when the turbot did not come in time to be served at the king's banquet.
The devotion of this class of negroes, many of whom followed their masters to the field, was only exceeded by their pride in their families and place.
, a Savannah pilot, attached to a Nassau blockade-runner, was two or three times captured, but retained his loyalty through all, and always returned to his old master and his old master's family.
His master was killed in the defense of Fort McAlister, and John was taken to Fort Lafayette, and kept prisoner for eight months, while every persuasion, and a hundred dollars a month wages, were offered him to enter the Federal
service, but he continued staunch.
In one of the battles near Petersburg
, a slave in a Federal regiment saw his former young master on the field in danger.
He threw down his musket, and ran to him and carried him into the Confederate
There are repeated instances of negroes on the plantations concealing and saving their master's property at great personal hazard to themselves; burying cotton and plate, and guarding the caches faithfully.
When the war broke out, John Campbell
, the well-known horse-racer; went to Mobile
, leaving his stables in Kentucky
in charge of a slave.
Four years later, when Campbell
returned, a poor man, his negro had all the horses and their increase waiting for his master, and in the very best condition.
There was nothing to prevent this faithful fellow from making away with all of Campbell
This class of negroes in the South
knew that the war would set them free, as General Gordon
said, but they did not want much to be free.
Not that they wanted to be slaves at all, but they looked down upon and despised the condition of the free negroes whom they saw around them, and they considered that the Federals
, in waring upon their “families” were waring upon themselves.
They got bravely over this sort of thing very shortly after the war ended, but they were sincere in the feeling during the war, and would have fought, nay, did fight sometimes, by the side of their masters.
A good many of these servants who followed their masters afield, albeit not fond of bullets, are known to have now and then taken “hot shots” at the “Yankees.”
's man Jack
, of the Thirteenth Arkansas, fell at his master's side at the battle of Belmont
was shot, Jack
's son took his rifle and went to