belongs to George L. Stearns
, who had been closely identified with the struggle in Kansas
and John Brown
He was appointed agent for the committee, and about February 23 went west on his mission.
stopped at Rochester, N. Y.
, to ask the aid of Fred Douglass
, receiving hearty co-operation, and enrolling a son of Douglass
as his first recruit.
His headquarters were made at Buffalo
, and a line of recruiting posts from Boston
to St. Louis
Soon such success was met with in the work that after filling the Fifty-fourth the number of recruits was sufficient to warrant forming a sister regiment.
Many newspapers gave publicity to the efforts of Governor Andrew
and the committee.
Among the persons who aided the project by speeches or as agents were George E. Stephens
, Daniel Calley
, A. M. Green
, Charles L. Remond
, William Wells Brown
, Martin R. Delany
, Stephen Myers
, O. S. B. Wall
, Rev. William Jackson
, John S. Rock
, Rev. J. B. Smith
, Rev. H. Garnett
, George T. Downing
, and Rev. J. W. Loqueer
Recruiting stations were established, and meetings held at Nantucket
, Fall River
, New York City, Philadelphia
, and other places throughout the country.
In response the most respectable, intelligent, and courageous of the colored population everywhere gave up their avocations, headed the enlistment rolls, and persuaded others to join them.
Most memorable of all the meetings held in aid of recruiting the Fifty-fourth was that at the Joy Street Church
, on the evening of February 16, which was enthusiastic and largely attended.
Robert Johnson, Jr.
, presided; J. R. Sterling
was the Vice-President
, and Francis