The cockade Black Diamonds.--Quite a novel spectacle was witnessed in Petersburg, Va.
, as we are informed by a gentleman who arrived from that city.
One hundred and twenty free negroes, uniformed with red shirts and dark pants, and bearing a flag of the Southern Confederacy, which had been presented to them by the ladies, marched through the city and embarked on the cars — for Norfolk
They proceeded upon this excursion of their own free will, in response to the request made by Gen. Gwynn
for the services of six hundred negroes from any portion of the State
, to work upon the fortifications around Norfolk harbor.
They were all in the finest spirits, and seemed anxious to “catch Old Linkum one time” --a desire which appeared to be foremost in their thoughts.
They certainly deserve great credit for their disinterestedness, and will find that it is appreciated.--Charleston Evening News, May 1