recruited the First Kansas Colored.
After these regiments next came, in order of organization, the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, which was the first raised in the Northern States
east of the Mississippi River
Thenceforward the recruiting of colored troops, North and South, was rapidly pushed.
As a result of the measure, 167 organizations of all arms, embracing 186,097 enlisted men of African
descent, were mustered into the United States
John A. Andrew
, the war Governor
, very early advocated the enlistment of colored men to aid in suppressing the Rebellion
The General Government having at last adopted this policy, he visited Washington
in January, 1863, and as the result of a conference with Secretary Stanton
, received the following order, under which the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was organized:—
With this document the Governor
at once returned to Boston
, anxious to begin recruiting under it before the