Among the gallant cavaliers who lately made a raid into Ashland
were several "gentlemen of color"from Pennsylvania
, who seemed to be on a perfect equality with their white-skinned comrades, cavorted about furiously, and anathematized fiercely the "d — d rebels." There was a time when this would have seemed the climax of indignities, but the Yankees
have conducted themselves so much worse than negroes since the beginning of this war, that the appearance of Cuffee
in uniform is rather an amelioration than an aggravation of the insults of this invasion.
The truth is, even the free negro, low as he is in the scale of humanity, is not as degraded nor abominable, in the sight of Heaven or mankind, as the degenerate and debauched descendants of the old New England
Puritans, who are carrying on this war. They themselves admit that they are no better, by mingling with them on terms of perfect equality.
We perfectly understand the base passions which prompt them to thrust negro soldiers into our presence, and imitate their Yankee masters in prating about. "d — d rebels." They would like to humiliate us as the Canaille of Paris
sought to humiliate the French
noblesse, in the first Revolution, but the attempt will be equally unsuccessful.
In the one case as in the other, whatever indignity or wrong may be done externally, pride and self respect will remain intact, and we shall look down upon them with a scorn and contempt which will be only intensified by each new demonstration of their conscious littleness and inferiority.