Thursday, August 1, 2013

July 22, 1863

July 22, 1863

---Captain Charles Francis Adams, Jr., of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, writes to his father, Charles, Sr., who serves as U.S. Ambassador to Britain, about the achievements of the summer, particularly in regard to the use of black soldiers:

Do you realise what prodigious victories we have won this summer? Men and money are the sinews of war. While we have reduced gold fifty per cent in five months, we have settled the question of a negro soldiery, and at last enforced the draft, thus opening an unlimited supply of recruits. Two years have thus brought us to just what we never had before, plenty of money and plenty of men. The negro regiment question is our greatest victory of the war so far, and, I can assure you, that in the army, these are so much of a success that they will soon be the fashion. General Andrews, formerly of the 2nd Massachusetts and one of the bravest and most reliable officers in the service, is organizing a corps of these soldiers in South Carolina, and he writes to officers here that, though he went out with all a conservative’s prejudices against their use, he has seen them do well under indifferent officers and he is confident that under good officers they will make troops equal to the best. This is a great deal from Andrews.

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