A negro recruiting officer in trouble.
--The St. Louis Democrat
, the vilest abolition sheet (except the Baltimore American
) extant, sheds crocodile tears over "the case of Major Murphy
." In its issue of the 26th of Sept. it says:
A case has recently occurred in Northern Missouri
which very clearly illustrates the character of rule we now have in parts of this State.
Of many facts connected with it we were advised by private letters, but refrained from all publication upon the subject until called upon by the party chiefly concerned, (Major Murphy
,) from whom we learned the particulars.
It appears that Major
M. holds a commission corresponding to his title in a colored regiment recruiting at Keokuk, Iowa
, with the consent of the authorities of that State.
, who by the way is a refugee from East Tennessee
, and early entered the Federal
service, had been sent into Missouri
with written authority from Col. Pile
, who is organizing the regiment alluded to, in order to receive and conduct to Keokuk
one hundred negro soldiers recruited in Saline
and Lafayette counties
With their recruiting Major Murphy
had nothing to do, although aware of the fact that they had all been slaves of disloyal masters.--These men had been "regularly sworn and mustered into the Federal
service." Finding them in Saline county
M. was proceeding with them in an orderly manner over the Hannibal and St. Joseph railroad, on the way to the headquarters of the regiment, when, on reaching Macon City
, the headquarters of Gen. Guitar
, commanding the district of Northern Missouri, he was arrested by order of that officer, and his negro soldiers taken from him. He was deprived of his commission, as well as his revolver and other arms, and sent to prison.--He was finally marched to the cars, put on board, and ordered by General Guitar
to leave the State
, neither his commission nor his arms being restored to him.--Major Murphy
informs the Democrat
that the soldiers who had charge of him cheered for Jim Lane, groaned for the officer who arrested him, and gave other evidences of the distaste they had for the work they were left at Macon City
, the understanding appearing to be that they would be returned to their masters.
left the State
in compliance with his orders, having first dispatched a statement of the case, a correspondence between him and General Guitar
, and other documents, to Washington