among their descendants.
Yet enough is known to show that the free colored men of the United States
bore their full proportion of the sacrifices and trials of the Revolutionary War
The late Governor Eustis
, of Massachusetts
,— the pride and boast of the democracy of the East
, himself an active participant in the war, and therefore a most competent witness,—Governor Morrill
, of New Hampshire
, Judge Hemphill
, of Pennsylvania
, and other members of Congress, in the debate on the question of admitting Missouri
as a slave State into the Union
, bore emphatic testimony to the efficiency and heroism of the black troops.
Hon. Calvin Goddard
, of Connecticut
, states that in the little circle of his residence he was instrumental in securing, under the act of 1818, the pensions of nineteen colored soldiers.
‘I cannot,’ he says, ‘refrain from mentioning one aged black man, Primus Babcock
, who proudly presented to me an honorable discharge from service during the war, dated at the close of it, wholly in the handwriting of George Washington
; nor can I forget the expression of his feelings when informed, after his discharge had been sent to the War Department, that it could not be returned.
At his request it was written for, as he seemed inclined to spurn the pension and reclaim the discharge.’
There is a touching anecdote related of Baron Steuben
on the occasion of the disbandment of the American
A black soldier, with his wounds unhealed, utterly destitute, stood on the wharf just as a vessel bound for his distant home was getting under way. The poor fellow gazed at