By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Для сайта:Мир книгIn 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson was once commissioned as a colonel to move the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves. A Civil warfare memoir written via an abolitionist, this article is the stirring historical past of the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves shaped to struggle within the Civil struggle.
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I notice that some companies, too, look darker than others, though purer African than I expected. This is said to be partly a geographical difference between the South Carolina and Florida all are men. When the Rebels evacuated this region they probably took with them the house-servants, including most of the mixed blood, so that the residuum seems very black. But the men brought from Fernandina the other day average lighter in complexion, and look more intelligent, and they certainly take wonderfully to the drill.
Never have I beheld such a jolly scene of labor. Tug ging these wet and heavy boards over a bridge of boats ashore, then across the slimy beach at low tide, then up a steep bank, and in one great uproar of merriment for two hours. Running most of the time, chattering all the time, snatching the boards from each other s backs as if they were some coveted treasure, getting all eager rivalries between different companies, pouring great choruses of ridicule on the heads of all shirkers, they made the whole scene so enlivening that I gladly stayed out in the moon up light for the whole time to watch it.
Happy were the merry fellows who were permitted to sit up all night, and watch the glimmering flames that threw a thousand fantastic shadows among the great gnarled oaks. And such a as I was sure to hear I awoke that night! whenever chattering My first greeting to-day was from one of the most stylish serless, chiefly carefully watched, who approached me with the following little speech, evi dently the result of some elaboration: tink myself happy, dis New Year s Day, for salute my own Gunnel. " sincerity, reciprocated the sentiment About by water, ten o clock the people began to collect by land, and also in steamers sent by General Saxton for the purpose; and from that time the avenues of approach were thronged.