, etc.-will find them teeming with historical instances written up of slaves who had so risen.
, in particular, in urging the Emancipation Proclamation
, took occasion to give, as arguments for it, detailed accounts of the revolt of Spartacus
, of the Maroons, of Nat. Turner
's outbreak, etc.; all showing the wish that was father to the thought.
speculated in this sort of business at Fortress Monroe
and New Orleans, and Hunter
tried it in South Carolina
's regiment at Beaufort
was intended to be a nucleus for the negro rising which was looked for on the Carolina coast
The negroes, however, refused to disturb the Confederates
with any fire in the rear.
They behaved in the most exemplary manner everywhere.
Where the Federal
armies settled down they came in in large numbers, and established their camps upon the fringes of the army, playing the parts of “intelligent contrabands” to perfection.
They told miraculous stories, and brought in no end of “grape-vine” intelligence for the divertissement of the newspaper correspondents, and the gobemouches
; but they were disgustingly apathetic on the subject of striking “blows for liberty.”
They had no fight in them, in fact, and, when they came into camp, had no idea of any other freedom than freedom from work and free rations.
The best of the negroes, where they could, stayed at home and worked along as usual, and there was no general enlistment of the negroes until the substitute brokers began to buy them up, and put them in the army by wholesale.
There can be no doubt that the negroes behaved very well, and that the Confederate
people had a lively and very grateful appreciation of the fact.
There is evidence enough and to spare of this.
I have before me a curious pamphlet, “Marginalia; or, Gleanings from an army note-book,” by “Personne
,” army correspondent of the Charleston Courier
, published at Columbia, S. C.
, in 1864, which abounds with instances and recitals of the good conduct of the negroes.
” relates the story of Daniel
, a slave of Lieutenant Bellinger
, who was shot to pieces trying to take his master's sword to him, in the fort at Secessionville
, during the assault on that post, and he says: “Such instances of genuine loyalty have their parallel nowhere so frequently as in the pages of Southern history, and gives a flat contradiction to all the partial and puritanical statements ever made by Mrs. Stowe
and her tribe of worshiping abolitionists.”
“The fidelity of our negroes,” this writer says, in another place, “has been as much a subject of gratification to us as of surprise to the enemy.
It has been thought that every slave would ”