Black soldiers.A Western colonel, in a private letter, dated June, 1863, from General Rosecrans's army, to a friend, says:
I want to say a word about darkey soldiers. You probably know more about their fighting than I do, but I am satisfied they will fight like tigers when properly managed ; but a more useful attachment to a post than a regiment of them was never made. We have a regiment here, First Mississippi, and without them it would have been impossible for us to do all the guarding and fatigue. They relieve us of the fatigue duty entirely, and have built some fine breastworks besides. When soldiers see them hard at work in the hot sun, doing what they would otherwise have to do, the “ opposition ” and “ prejudice ” to the plan of organizing and enlisting them soon disappear. It is a wise movement of the Government. Never did any thing give the army more pleasure than the conscription act.