January 19, 1863: Congress considers black soldiers

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces an item from the New York Herald. Undoubtedly the notion of black troops was both outrageous and preposterous to the Dispatch’s readership.

The expiration of U. S. Enlistments — negro Recruits.

The New York Herald says three hundred thousand troops of nine months and two years men go out of service in May, and whatever is to be done, must be before that date .

Mr. Stephens has introduced a bill in Congress to employ one hundred and fifty thousand negroes in the military service to supply the places of the two years and the nine months men, whose term of service was about to expire. A motion today to lay the resolution on the table was lost by a vote of [??] to 83.

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