previous next


General Forrest and the Negroes.

--It is known that the negroes of the Methodist congregation at Uniontown, Alabama, recently contributed one thousand dollars to the Association for the Relief of Maimed Soldiers, and being informed that this contribution was sufficient to constitute a life director, they selected General Forrest for that honor. The Selma Reporter publishes the General's letter to Dr. Neely acknowledging the compliment, in which he says:

‘ "I am not indifferent to the compliment paid me by 'the Methodist Congregation of Negroes at Uniontown.' I prise this manifestation on the part of the negro more than I fear the thousand calumnies with which a defeated and vanquished foe are endeavoring to blacken my name. It has been my fortune to have much dealing with the negro since I arrived at manhood, and I have uniformly treated them with kindness and humanity. Those that have been forcibly taken from me I know are sighing for the happy home from which they have been seduced. These that heeded not the ridiculous promises of the Yankees, and who still remain with me, fly from his approaching footsteps with the same instincts of fear and danger that they would fly front a leprosy. I predict that, after peace shall have been restored, most of the negroes that have been decoyed from their homes will gladly and joyfully return, infinitely preferring slavery among the Southern people to freedom at the North. Instead of guilty of the stricture charged upon me, I have my sympathies for the negro. He had by false promises, and I had much rather make upon the white man, who has deceived him."

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Uniontown (Alabama, United States) (1)
Selma (Alabama, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Forrest (2)
Neely (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: