March 24, 1865: Yet more on Black Confederates

First charge of "Black Confederates"

The New York Times has a couple of items from southern papers relating to arming slaves. The first company in Richmond wasn’t ready to parade, but apparently Kirby Smith has 25,000 black troops, which will never again be heard of.


From the Richmond Whig, March 21

A large number of ladies and gentlemen assembled on the Capitol-square, yesterday, to witness the promised parade of the first company of negro troops raised under the recent act of Congress, but owing to the fact that the new recruits have not yet been supplied with their uniforms and equipments, the parade has been postponed. We learn that the recruiting is going on rapidly. A refugee, from Fauquier County, offers to buy ten negroes who are willing to volunteer, and will emancipate them for meritorious service.

The battalion of colored troops from Camps Winder and Jackson, under the command of Dr. CHAMBLISS, including the company under Capt. GRIMES, will parade on the Square Wednesday evening at 4 1/2 o’clock.

This is the first company of negro soldiers raised in Virginia. It was organized about a month ago by Dr. CHAMBLISS, from the employes of the hospitals. The men were on the lines during the recent raid.


From the Richmond Dispatch, March 21.

Mobile papers of a recent date have reliable information that KIRBY SMITH has twenty-five thousand negro troops armed, equipped and organized under their masters, and operating in the Trans-Mississippi Department. The muster-roll of that department contains over one hundred thousand names, of which eighty thousand are effective for service. We should prefer to hear that Gen. KIRBY SMITH was moving some portion of this immense force to this side of the Mississippi River.

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